PRAISE FOR THE PAST
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me,
bless His holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none
of His benefits: Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all
your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns
you with lovingkindness and compassion, Who satisfies your years
with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
PRAYER FOR THE FUTURE
HERE I AM, LORD—
As a new year dawns, I’m still on Planet Earth!
But You know that—You know all things
When You chose me long ago to follow You
You designed my destiny, planned my life
Ordained the number of my years: fourscore—and more!
How generous You are, Lord, to bless me abundantly
Allowing me to see my children grown to their maturity
And the children of my children—now their children too!
Why am I still here? Not to coast to a finish!
If Your plan for me is still incomplete
May I keep growing beyond where I’ve attained
Pressing onward, upward to heights Your love draws me
To become conformed to the image of Your Son
Your will fulfilled in me according to Your word.
I want to bear more sweet fruit for You this year
And continue to flourish like the aging palm tree
Though my outward flesh is weary, worn, and weak
Renew my inward youth daily with new vigor
Strengthen me to mount up with wings as the eagle
And not lose heart, grow faint, or be diminished in spirit
So that I may finish life’s race without stumbling
*ad majorem Dei gloriam.
(2 Cor. 4:16-18; Isaiah 40:28-31; John 15:1-8; Psalm 92:12-15)
* to the greater glory of God