A Prayer for 2018

closed eyed man holding his face using both of his hands With the understanding that a Happy New Year begins with the changes we determine to make in ourselves, Dear God, in 2018 help us all:

  • To be open to new experiences with You,Your Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • To be open to learning something new from Scripture each time we read or hear it.
  • To have intimate “visits” and prayers with You throughout the day remembering that You are always present.
  • To live each minute in 2018 as if it is our last minute here.
  • To be intentional about our faith walk and have a plan on where we each want to be spiritually.
  • To be intentional about our relationships and have a plan for each for the future.
  • To always keep in mind where we are going and whom we are following.
  • To make a concerted effort to say only positive, encouraging statements to others.
  • To really want to treat others as we want others to treat us under the same circumstances.
  • To be mindful that each interaction with others creates memories and influence that can last forever. Help us to ask ourselves: How do we want to be remembered? How do we want to shape eternity for others and ourselves?
  • To be ready and willing to share our blessings with persons needing a blessing themselves.
  • To push pride aside and be ready and willing to accept blessings from others who want to share their blessings with us.
  • To be ready and willing to share our hope and faith with persons needing hope, support and encouragement.

In Christ’s name we ask this.


Written by Larry M. Barber, LPC-S, CT author of the grief survival guide “Love Never Dies: Embracing Grief with Hope and Promise”  available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Christianbook.com.

The grief survival guide is also available in Spanish as “El Amor Nunica Muere: Aceptando el Dolor con Esperanza y Promesa” on Amazon.com.

Larry is the director of GriefWorks, a free grief support program for children and their families in Dallas TX  http://grief-works.org.