Let's affirm that 2011 will be the year that individually and as a nation, we will emerge from this economic miasma of lack, loss, and despair. In 2011 we will resolve to breathe, eat, drink, and revel in peace, hope, health, and prosperity.
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that thy hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it be not to my sorrow! And God granted him that which he requested. American Standard Version
Here is our affirmation:
"And Jabez called on the name of the God of Israel, "
God and Creator of all that is. There is no God but You. No other Power but You. You are the True Source: the Fount and Fountainhead.
"saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed"
As your child, I bask in the glow of Your blessing and Your love. I long to apprehend and absorb more and more of Your loving kindness. I am blessed and favored in ways far beyond my comprehension.
"and enlarge my coast, "
As You are a giver, I am a giver. As You bless me I will bless others as well. Expand the arena in which I might manifest the love and kindness of my God and Father. Increase my sphere of influence: place in my path the disheartened to encourage, the torn down to build up, those who mourn to comfort, the wounded to heal, and the rejected to love.
"and that thine hand might be with me,"
And I acknowlege that it is Your Spirit within by which I live move and have my being. You stir within me the will and the way to bless.
"and that thou wouldest keep me from evil,"
May the words I speak, the actions I perform, the things I create, and the impact I have on others be positive, of pure motive, non-judgmental, loving, and godly.
"that it be not to my sorrow!"
May the words, thoughts, and deeds honor You and uplift my fellow man. May I not bring shame on Your Name nor harm to my brethren.
"And God granted him that which he requested."
Amen. And so it is.