Several years ago, my dear brother Dan, gave each of our family members prayer cards. The one that spoke to me the most was one from St. Patrick. I keep it beside my bed and each morning when I wake up, I try to read it before I step out of bed and meditate on the words, even if it's just a few minutes. Doing this reminds me what is truly important and shifts my attitude....from hurry to a sacred intention for my day ahead. When I read the words to this beautiful prayer, I visualize the words into pictures, which makes it so powerful and real to me.

This prayer always reminds me that God is always my comfort, protector, truth, friend, constant companion, and Savior. When I read this prayer this morning to bring in the new year, I was drawn to share it with you. In this world today, we all need more comfort, peace, and love, and to know that even in our darkest times, we are never alone. I pray this prayer ministers to your hearts in this new year and decade ahead!

As I rise today, may the strength of God pilot me,

the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me.

May the eye of God look before me, the ear of God hear me,

the word of God speak for me. May the hand of God protect me,

the way of God lie before me, the shield of God defend me,

the host of God save me, May Christ shield me today...

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit, Christ when I stand,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.

A Prayer of St. Patrick


May you be truly blessed this new year!

With Love,

Rhonda