Welcoming The New Year With Prayers, Repentance and Forgiveness
Elias Bejjani/January 01/2017
With day one of the New Year let us with faith, love and hope share a set of righteous resolutions based on repentance and forgiveness.
Let us take a solemn vow to be all through the 365 days forgiving, loving, caring, modest, and fearing Almighty God in our conduct, rhetoric and thoughts.
Let us make our resolution an on going fight against the evil inside our minds, and a promise to tame all our instincts of revenge selfishness, arrogance, lust and enviousness.
Definitely it is very difficult to tame the desires of our human nature, BUT if we belief in ourselves and trust in Almighty God, Our loving Father, shall lead our steps to be triumphant.
With a spirit of faith and self-trust, let us all welcome the New Year, with open hearts and extended hands to all others, especially to those family members, relatives, friends and acquaintances with whom we were not in good terms during the last year.
Let us close the last year’s messy pages and open new ones totally blank with full readiness for forgiveness, and a genuine willingness for recognizing our wrongdoings in a bid to come with a practical plan for repentance.
Let us all put our burdens, pains, sickness, deprivation, persecution, broken hearts, disappointments, frustrations, bereavements, injustice, abandonment, and anger in the hands of Almighty God and follow the teachings of His Gospel.
God, with his gracious wisdom and abundant generosity, shall definitely see in every way possible that we all safely overcome with faith and hope all kinds of failure temptations, hardships and difficulties.
Let us all trust in Our Father, Almighty God and recognize that we are all His beloved children and that He has created us in his image.
We should never ever doubt God’s deep love for each and every one of us.
How could He not love us when we are His children?
How could He abandon us when He has sent his only son, Jesus Christ to defeat death, give us the eternal life, suffer and be crucified so we, His children, can become purified and absolved from the original sin, and be helped to walk safely the path of eternal salvation.
Let us ask Almighty God to help us live in peace and harmony with ourselves and others, lead our steps into the righteous paths, grant us the strength of endurance and hold us back from the sin of hurting or hating others.
Let us pray that in this New Year, Our Father, Almighty God, shall grant us the graces of love, meekness, humbleness, transparency, honesty and forgiveness.
Let us pray that in this New Year, Our Father, Almighty God, shall maintain our hearts and minds pure, and free from grudges and selfishness.
Let us pray that in this New Year, Our Father, Almighty God, shall help us to remember that vengeance is evil and forgiveness is a Godly grace.
Let us pray that Almighty God shall not allow vengeance to take control of our lives.
When we trust in God and believe in His justice, we ought to leave all that is judgment to Him and only to Him.
“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear”. (Matthew 13:43) “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” ( Romans 12:19-21)
These holy verse frees us from the burden of taking justice into our own hands. It tells us “Never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ God will repay those who are righteous”..
Since God is going to take up our cause and see to it that justice is done, we should lay it down, work hard not to succumb to our human destructive and evil instincts.
With this New Year, let us pray from the depth of our hearts for all those who hate and hold grudges against us. Let us ask almighty God to cure them from these evil ailments and grant us the grace of forgiveness and the strength of faith to keep loving them.
No one should forget that our live on this earth is too short, and that we must be righteous to deserve the eternal one in Heaven where there will be no pain or fights, but happiness and peace.
With the beginning of the New Year, let us all ask almighty God to shower on every one the graces of health, prosperity, peace, faith, and hope.
Let us pray for peace and tranquility in all countries, especially where devastating wars, conflicts, and discrimination are going on. Happy New Year.