Prayers for the New Year
Happy New Year to everyone!
On Saturday, December 8, I had my quarterly Ward Meeting. One of things we discussed was the various forms of communication that I employ to stay connected to my constituents and the citizens of Euclid. As I explained at the meeting, although I realize life in Euclid is not perfect and I welcome anyone that wants to discuss a problem, generally, I choose to stay positive in my communications. There is far too much negativity around and I refuse to contribute to it. As I begin my second year in office, I will remain positive in my communications.
It was just about a year ago that I was sworn in. The last four words in the oath of office for a Euclid Councilperson are “so help me God”. Being a minister, I am used to asking for God’s help and considering what service God has in mind for me to do.
For that reason, I decided I would combine New Year’s Resolutions and prayer. Here are some of the things that I am praying for this year, adapted from an anonymous prayer that I came across:
I am praying for faith and vision. I pray for a faith that will challenge me to act with humility and concern for all I come in contact with and a vision that helps me create a safe, friendly community.
I pray for a faith that sustains me when I have difficult, complex choices to make for the common good and a vision that helps me to be creative with plans and projects.
I pray for a faith that continues to grow and that keeps me grounded in truth and wisdom and a vision that encourages me to stretch beyond the boundaries that can sometimes enclose us in solutions that are not wide enough.
I pray for a faith that is strong enough to respect the beliefs of others and that does not crumble in the face of disagreement, conflict or opposition. I pray for a vision that helps me to see beyond and beneath externals acting with kindness and compassion even in the face of contradiction.
I pray for a faith that burns with intensity for justice and sustains me when justice calls for sacrifice and a vision that reveals to me where my gifts and talents can be shared in the pursuit of justice for all.
I would like to share one more prayer with you, the Prayer of Cardinal Newman. What I love about this prayer is that it really speaks to everyone. We all have something to contribute no matter what we are experiencing.
May you and your family have a happy and healthy New Year. May we all work together respectfully to make Euclid a great place to live, work and play!
Vice President of Moore Counseling and Mediation Services, Inc., Councilman for Euclid Ward 2 and Associate Minister at Lake Shore Christian Church. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org