Here's hoping and praying that 2012 will be a very blessed year.
The following prayer, A Morning Wish, was written by W. R. Hunt.
The sun is just rising on the morning of another day, the first day of the new year. What can I wish that this day, that this year, may bring to me?
Nothing that shall make the world of others poorer, nothing at the expense of others; but just those few things which in their coming do not stop with me but touch me rather, as they pass and gather strength:
-- A few friends who understand me, and yet remain my friends.
-- A work to do which has real value without which the world would feel the poorer.
-- A return for such work small enough not to tax unduly anyone who pays.
-- A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed.
-- An understanding heart.
-- A sight of the eternal hills and unbelting sea,
and of something beautiful the individual hand has made.
-- A sense of humor and the power to laugh.
-- A little leisure with nothing to do.
-- A few moments of quiet, silent meditation. The sense of the presence of God.
-- And the patience to wait for the coming of these things,
with the wisdom to know them when they come. AMEN