Sunday, January 01, 2023

Johnson: for the new year

Sunday, January 1, 2023
    Feast of the Naming & Circumcision of Jesus
    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
    —James 4:10 (NIV)
    Almighty and everlasting God, in whom we live and move, and have our being; glory be to Thee for my recovery from sickness, and the continuance of my life. Grant, O my God, that I may improve the year which I am now beginning, and all the days which Thou shalt add to my life, by serious repentance and diligent obedience; that, by the help of thy Holy Spirit, I may use the means of grace to my own salvation, and at last enjoy thy presence in eternal happiness, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
    ... Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), Prayers and Meditations, London: Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe, 1806, January 1, 1756, p. 18-19 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 4:8-10; Acts 17:28; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; 1 John 1:9; Rev. 2:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Grant me true repentance, Lord, for the sake of Your mercy.
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