Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Imagine 2008

O great and kind Spirit,

you have always been. And before you nothing has been.

There is no one to pray to but you.

The star nations all over the heavens are yours,

and yours are the grasses of the earth.

You are older than all need,

older than all pain and prayer.

O great and kind Spirit,

All over the world the faces of livings ones are alike.

With tenderness they have come out of the earth

from which you give us food.

Look upon your children,

With children in their arms, they face the wind

And walk the red road of the day of quiet.

O great and kind Spirit, fill us with light.

Give us strength to understand and eyes to see deeply.

Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives to all that live.

Help us! Without you, we are nothing.

~ Convocation of Lower Sioux

Let us pray for those who weep,

and for those who cause their weeping;

For those who are without food, clothes, and a place of shelter;

For those who live without hope and meaning;

For those who live as the objects of the whims of others;

For those who are only fooling themselves;

For those who live with wars and rumors of wars;

For those who make gods of things and of themselves.

~ United Church of Christ Book of Worship

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


~ St. Francis of Assisi


  1. Amen! Love it! :)

    S'wadee pi mai ka ....

    Happy New Year :)

  2. Wonderful, Nick. Thank you and Happy New Year!

  3. I came by to wish you and Alex a Happy New Year and stayed to worship and pray.

    Thank you.

  4. I wanted to wish you and Alex a wonderful New Year filled with lots of treats. (Alex made me type that last thing). That was wonderful Nick. Thank you.

  5. Lovely!

    Wishing you A HAPPY NEW YEAR and everything that's good.

  6. A Happy and Peaceful 2008 to you Nick. Cheers!!

  7. It's early morning and it's good to start the new day in the new year with beautiful prayers. A very Happy New Year, with many blessings, Mr. Nick!


  8. Wishing you the very best for the upcoming year. (And I love the graphic at the top of your page!)

  9. happy new year, nick.

    this is a wonderful post

  10. Happy New Year, Nick!

    The prayers are wonderful and vae me reflecting and looking ahead

  11. Happy New Year's Nick....pop into the Cafe for my official wish to all my pals please.
    Yours was beautiful you know when you have Imagine in there I am hooked.

  12. Happy New Year, Alex!

    May you have catnip to your heart's delight.

    Happy New Year, Nick!

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His han

    January 01, 2008 1:12 PM

  13. Happy new Year to you and Alex - although I'll pop over to his blog and greet him too. Hope your health is good for 2008.

  14. Nice thoughts--happy New Year to you and Alex and may it be better than the last several for all of us!

  15. Hey, came around to wish you a very happy new year. Hope it brings you good health and a love filled life.

    Warm Wishes, EU.

  16. Have a great 2008, Happy New Year Nick!

  17. Happy New Year Nick !

    I'm standing with you in agreement in these prayers and adding a few for you and Alex, for an especially peaceful and love filled New Year. You are a blessing to more than you know.


  18. Happy New Years to two of my favorite men, Nick and Alex oxox

    Reading your words makes me want to get back to church!

  19. Happy New Year Nick... may yours be blessed with the best... good health, great happiness much love and laughter

    lotsa luv ann xxxxx

  20. Happy New Year, Alex and Nick.

  21. Wonderful verses. Sad video. All we can do is pray and hope.

  22. Just came by to wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!


  23. My favorite January will be in 2009...the 20th to be exact...



  24. (((SSN)))

    What a wonderful way to start 2008. Peace and love to you always. :)
    And you and Alex try to stay out of trouble. And if you get into trouble, be sure to write about it. ;)

    Happy New Year

  25. Thanks for stopping by and wishing me a Happy New Year. The thoughts you posted today are beautiful.

  26. ex-louisville guy in tucsonTuesday, January 01, 2008 9:20:00 PM

    Happy New Year, Rev. Nick. You, too. Mr Alex.

  27. ` Native Americans are so cool. Jeez, I must be intoxicated. Well hey, that's really best. Seriously, people need to calm down.
    ` Imagine all the people, living for today....
    ` Oh my Jeezus am I turning into a Hippie? Whoa!!!!!!!!

    ` Just kidding. I'm on runner's high. Have an awesomely good year, Nick.
    ` Wow. Time for me to get out the Peace Pipe... o_O I told ya those Native Americans are cool.

    ` I'll be here all night! Have a nice one, Nick!

  28. Dear Nick ~~ Wonderful post, thank you and I love John Lennon's Imagine
    I got a lovely Christmas e mail with
    him singing "So this is Christmas" I
    ill send it to you if you like. I am
    catching up after my trip away and very much enjoyed all the posts I had missed. Loved the story of the stolen and replaced ham. I take it you got through the funeral OK. A big task with your health problems. Thanks for your comments, I liked the Celtic blessing, glad you liked my family photos and I especially liked your quote "Tis the Season to be Exhausted." Too true to be funny. Take great care Nick, have
    a happy, healthy and peaceful 2008.
    Warmest wishes, Merle.

  29. Happy New Year to you as well, Nick! Another nice comment from you, I really appreciate the well wishes. The Sioux convocation is very good as well. Cheers!

  30. Very nice.

    Happy New Year.....talking about 2008, you have been tagged to participate in a fun New Year's Resolution game.

    If you want to participate, there is no need to tag anyone, just leave it open for your readers to choose to participate as well. I wouldn't dream of imposing rules on you.

  31. A nice prayer for the new year.


  32. Beautiful!

    I love these prayers,

    Bless you my friend,