We are at the front end of a new year and we do not know what this year will bring.
So, we pray for inner strength to love, serve, and care.
And we pray for courage to do and to say what is the truly right and God honoring (not politically correct)
thing to say.
We need economic courage…
to spend less
to spend better
to buy wisely
to honor You with our money
to empower Your Good News to keep being shared
to simplify our lives and, our souls
to stop worshiping the idols of things.
We need character courage…
to stand up to bullies
to stand up to our fears
to stand up for those who cannot stand up on their own
to let go
to live for You
We need relational courage…
to address the addiction that is destroying someone we love and care about
to address the unfaithfulness that is hurting a marriage
to address the workplace issue(s) that is causing our work, and that of others, to suffer
to address the abuse -physical, sexual, verbal, and emotional – that is threatening our life and/or the life of a friend and/or family member
And finally Lord,
we need to have the courage to
have the serenity to “accept the things we cannot change”
while changing “the things we can”
So dear Jesus,
grant us courage ‘for the facing of this hour’
Empower us through Your Holy Spirit
to live holy
to live lovingly
to live courageously