Happy New Year!

Blessings at Year’s End
by Howard Thurman
read by Rev. Jenn on January 1, 2017

I remember with gratitude the fruits of the labors of others, which I have shared as a part of the normal experience of daily living.

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Happy New Year from Beijing

I remember the beautiful things that I have seen, heard, and felt – some as a result of seeking on my part, and many that came unheralded into my path, warming my heart and rejoicing my spirit. 

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Happy New Year from Antarctica


I remember the moments of distress that proved to be groundless and those that taught me profoundly about the evilness of evil and the goodness of good.

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Happy New Year from Bethlehem

I remember the new people I have met, from whom I have caught glimpses of the meaning of my own life and true character of human dignity.

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Happy New Year from Brazil

I remember the dreams that haunted me during the year, keeping me mindful of goals and hopes which I did not realize but from which I drew inspiration to sustain my life and keep steady my purposes.

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Happy New Year from Aleppo

I remember the awareness of the spirit of God that sought me out in my aloneness and gave to me a sense of assurance that undercut my despair and confirmed my life with new courage and abiding hope.

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Happy New Year

Wishing you a year in which all things are made new.

 

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