from Jake Lake’s Connection internet column

Grant me the strength from day to day To bear what burdens come my way.

Grant me throughout this bright New Year  More to endure and less to fear.

Help me live that I may be  From spite and petty malice free

Let me not bitterly complain  When cherished hopes of mine prove vain,

Or spoil with deeds of hate and rage  Some fair tomorrow's spotless page.

Lord, as the days shall come and go  In courage let me stronger grow.

 Let me with patience stand and wait,  A friend to all who find my gate,

Keep me from envy and from scorn;  As the sun shines every morn

On great and low, so let me give  My love to all who round me live.

Lord, as the New Year dawns today  Help me to put my faults away.

Let me be big in little things;  Grant me the joy which friendship brings.

Keep me from selfishness and spite;  Let me be wise in what is right.

 A happy New Year! Grant that I  May bring no tear to any eye

When this New Year in time shall end  Let it be said I've played the friend,

Have lived and loved and labored here,

And made of it a happy year.