A prayer for the New Year and beyond (based on Psalm 23)

The Lord is my shepherd;

I have everything I need.

He gives me rest in lush meadows,

he leads me beside peaceful streams,

he renews my life.

He brings honor to his name,

by guiding me along the right paths.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley,

I fear no danger,

for you are close beside me;

your rod and your staff reassure me.

You prepare a royal banquet for me,

in full view of my oppressors.

You drench my head with perfumed olive oil;

my cup overflows with blessings.

Surely your goodness and constant love will pursue me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the Lord’s house forever.

Professor Dan Lioy (PhD, North-West University) holds several faculty appointments. He is the Senior Research Manager at South African Theological Seminary (in South Africa). Also, he is a professor of biblical theology at the Institute of Lutheran Theology (in South Dakota). Moreover, he is a dissertation advisor in the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMIN program at Portland Seminary (part of George Fox University in Oregon). Finally, he is a professor in the School of Continuing Theological Studies at North-West University (in South Africa). Professor Lioy is active in local church ministry, being dual rostered with the Evangelical Church Alliance and the North American Lutheran Church. He is widely published, including a number of academic monographs, peer-reviewed journal articles, and church resource products.

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