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Time for Beginning Anew:
New Year, time of fresh starts and new beginnings. We think of loved ones who face new challenges, big decisions, career moves; those who are anxious about the future, especially the young; those who are getting married. those celebrating a new birth in the family.
Lord, we ask you to guide us all in the coming year and to help us make the right decisions in life for ourselves and our loved ones. AMEN
Time for Healing:
When illness comes, or someone has to go to hospital for tests or an operation, it can be a worrying time, especially for the elderly and frail in our families.
Lord, at such times we ask for your help. We ask you to be close to those who are ill, those who suffer, and the young with drug or alcohol problems. Please help them with the gift of your healing love and give them strength in their weakness. AMEN
Time for Looking Forward:
How good to see fresh colours springing from the earth! How they revive the spirit and give a sense of new purpose and fresh energy!
Lord, at those times when we have to face new situations, unfamiliar surroundings, or completely new circumstances in life, help us all to move on, to look forward with fresh hope. AMEN
Time for Forgiving:
Family divisions can go back many years. Perhaps the very mention of a person's name can trigger the memory of deep hurt.
Lord, give us a spirit of forgiveness. Help us to find a way to forgive from the heart those who hurt us, those we find it hard to forgive. Forgive us, Lord, the times we hurt others by what we say or do, and forgive us our neglect or indifference towards others too. AMEN
Time for Rejoicing:
It's such a joy when we have something good to celebrate, something to draw the family together, like a Baptism, a First Communion, a Confirmation.
Lord, at such times as these we give you thanks and ask you to be with us in our joys. May our family get togethers remind us of the great joy that awaits your people in your kingdom. AMEN
Time for Counting Blessings:
We can bury ourselves in work, in a flurry of activities. When we question what all our rushing about is for, it's time to count our real blessings.
Lord, help us to keep a perspective on all we do, all we strive for. May our hearts seek your kingdom first and foremost, not passing success. May we treasure the blessings that come from you. AMEN
Time for Thinking of Others:
Whilst we may be enjoying a sense of wellbeing, so many others in our world are suffering.
Lord, in our times of plenty, help us to show compassion to the victims of disaster, those caught in floods, earthquakes, in wars and terrorist attacks, those who suffer hunger. Forgive us for the times we ignore the plight of the needy. Help us to be generous of heart. AMEN.
Time for Recreating:
We can all find our work and our daily situations stressful, especially when we're tired or over-stretched. At such times we all need space to enjoy life, we all need time for fun and to renew our spirits.
Lord, renew us in mind and heart with your Spirit, for living our lives at peace with you is like a holiday in itself! AMEN
Time for Giving Thanks:
There is so much to give thanks for, yet we can take so much for granted. Lord at those times when we mark special moments in the family, like the children starting school, or moving on to college or to university, we ask the abundant blessing of your love over us all, so that we may always give you thanks for all we receive from your bounty. AMEN
Time for Reflecting:
How precious a time of reflection can be, een in those few moments as we wait for a kettle to boil!
Lord, at those times when we feel rejected, or overlooked, or unfairly treated, or left out of things, grant us the wisdom of reflection, accepting the things we cannot change, so as not to harbour resentments, but to live in peace with others. AMEN
Time for Remembering:
We all suffer bereavements, and when we do we realise how precious is the support of our family and friends! At those times when we mourn the loss of loved ones, a sudden losss, perhaps or one after prolonged illness; comfort us, Lord.
As we remember them may the thought that you love them as we do and that we are united in your love, console us. AMEN
Time for Sharing:
Time of goodwill to all, of generosity and kindness.
Lord at such a time, when we think of family peace and harmony, let us not forget families who are struggling, broken families, those with financial difficulties, those anxious for the future and what it may hold.
Lord, you came to share not only our joys, but our struggles too. May you dwell among us, at the heart of our family. AMEN