“Blessings for the New Year”

“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

“In the first days of a New Year, we all say to our friends and neighbors, ‘Happy New Year!’ Our hearts are full of generous feelings and wishes for all we meet. But what can we do to give them a happy New Year? We cannot compel their circumstances into fortunate adjustments, so as to produce happiness. Besides, we cannot know what would be the truest and best blessings for our friends.”

“After all, the only really safe thing is to pray that God may be with them through the year, and may bless them in his own best and truest way. He knows better than we do—what is the best blessing.”

By J. R. Miller, Miller’s Year Book (www.gracegems.org), 1895

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