Wish! Make a wish!
It’s a new year, with new beginnings; filled with hope for better tomorrows. What is it that you would like to see happen this year? Where does your hope lie? For me, I wish for the usual things, like good health for Nick and me. However, when I broaden my horizons and begin to think of others, I wish, and pray, mostly for peace.
I actually pray for those who have sworn allegiance to ISIS. I wonder how many others pray for them like I do. Do you pray for them? I pray (and wish) for their conversion of hearts; that these individuals come to realize that God does not condone violence in any way. I pray that Satan loses his grip on these souls; that God rescues them, and that peaceful peoples may live side by side in harmony, respecting each other’s faiths. A tall order, I know, but “with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26).
I wish the U.S. Congress would get their act together and work jointly for the common good to address gun violence here at home. I seem to be praying all too often for those who have lost loved ones as a result of mass gun shootings. I pray that God gives our lawmakers courage to act righteously and not out of selfish reasons for their own “job security.” I know, another tall order, but “with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26).
The turning of the clock from one year to the next always brings new possibilities, just as the dawn of each new day. With these new beginnings our hope is renewed. My hope lies in Christ. I pray that He intercedes with His Mercy and forgiveness, with His compassion and love, and guides us to solutions that benefit the common good. I pray that we as a society actually listen to Him and act accordingly.
I wish for you a very virtuous New Year!