Upon returning home I spent more time in prayer just as I had promised. It is a wonderful privilege to pray each day for all of God's people when I pray the Liturgy of the Hours. It is also a blessing to take these opportunities on special occasions to pray in a very specific way for the yearnings of all those who are in need in a variety of ways. I am told that there is an Irish tradition in which a pastor prays for his people from midnight to 1:00 am on New Year's Day. Although I am not a pastor I still desire to pray for God's people in like manner.
I enjoyed watching the first sunrise of 2017 (which is pictured above). It was a cool morning but I wanted to get some exercise early on the first day of the new year. I took advantage of the calmer winds than what we have been experiencing lately and completed a thirty minute walk before sunrise. The quiet of the early morning provided a beautiful setting for some prayer and reflection time as well.
As I mentioned in a previous post I usually do not make any New Year's resolutions. However, I decided this morning to make a resolution just for today only. (I figured I could probably succeed if I just made a commitment for one day.) I wanted to reach each of the goals on my Fitbit. I would spend the time walking and praying. It would be a productive day both physically and spiritually if I was successful. I had 10,000 steps completed before noon so I was off to a good start. By this evening it looked like this:
I took my last walk just after sunset. Being outside to enjoy the first sunrise and the first sunset of the new year reminded me of the awesome majesty of Almighty God. We are blessed indeed. Happy New Year to each of you!