A Norse Path New Year's Prayer

May your life be filled

with warmth and with good cheer,

may you feel the gods’ succor

in times when you fear.

May the compassion you give

be returned when you need,

may you never know hunger

when the hungry you feed.

May your home echo of sweet tidings

from dear ones you hold,

may your family be delivered

from enemies, the cruel and the bold.

May the visitors be kind

that come to your door;

may the children know mirth

whom play at your floor.

May your hearth burn bright,

may your pantry stay full,

may your judgments be fair,

may you serve whom you rule;

and when tyrants attack

or pretenders pretend,

may you know equity

for the peace you extend.

May you enjoy the wealth

no coinage can buy;

the gold of friendship:

a lover who can’t lie;

may the kisses you yield

and the passions you chase

may they be returned or refused

with honor and grace.

May you be comforted in loss,

may your grief be allayed,

may all your sorrows be lifted

by joyful memories you’ve made.

May your trials be short

and the goodwill you have shown,

spread as ivy wherever

in the world it’s been sown.

May the light of hope

gather around,

and cling to you dearly

whenever darkness surrounds.

I wish you the Great Blessing,

which can’t be bartered or sold -

that whatever in love you give,

may it return to you threefold.

And whatever befalls you

far away or just near,

I wish you happiness

every day of this year.

©December 31, 2015 by Beth Perry

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Kathleen Kerswig 14 months ago

That's simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. Happy New Year!

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Phyllis Doyle 14 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

This is such a lovely prayer for the the New Year. Thank you, Beth, for sharing this. A blessed and very happy New Year to you and yours.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

What a wonderful poem Beth. Being of Norse decent this is even more special to me. There are great messages within the words.

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teaches12345 14 months ago

What a beautiful sentiment for the new year. I pray all people will enjoy these blessings. Happy New Year!

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bethperry 14 months ago from Tennesee Author

Kathleen, thank you and have a blessed 2016!

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bethperry 14 months ago from Tennesee Author

Phyllis, thank you and brightest of blessings to you and yours :)

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bethperry 14 months ago from Tennesee Author

Jodah, it is always awesome to discover another friend who shares Norse blood! Bright blessings in 2016!

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bethperry 14 months ago from Tennesee Author

teaches2345, thank you. I hope 2016 is very good to you, too!

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Yemmiganur Krish 5 months ago from Bengaluru

a great prayer

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bethperry 5 months ago from Tennesee Author

Thank you Yemmiganur Krish, and gods bless you!

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