Peace be with you. It’s that time of year again, or almost, to kiss another year goodbye and good riddance and to embrace and welcome in the new year. Same old song and dance, just a different number right? Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. We can pray.

To close out 2016, let us give thanks to God for all that he has done for us this year. For all the guidance, for all the patience, for all the kindness and for His never ending love for us. I for one am very grateful for the things that have happened to me this year. Not all were positive but, we learn from the negative as well. Through the grace of God, we can get through the good and bad and give him thanks in the end.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Let us remember those we lost this year. Those we knew personally and those whom we didn’t. Let us pray for the repose of their souls and also for the souls in purgatory. A Prayer For the Deceased- Eternal Rest, grant to them, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

As a country, let us ask for forgiveness. For the sin of the flesh, for the sin of continued abortion, for the sin of indifference, and for all the things that our country has done to go against Your will Almighty Father. Let us all do our best daily to emulate Jesus Christ and let us pray daily in the words that He taught us: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, Amen.

Let us ask God for the strength, wisdom and guidance to do his will in 2017 and set our wills aside. Let us do our part to be the light of Christ in a dark world. Let us show the world our happiness and love that we have in Jesus Christ. And finally, may we all come together as children of God and start loving each other like we are supposed to do.
Journey on & God Bless – John

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