Dec 26, 2014

New Year's Prayer: Most of All, O Lord

Here’s a prayer for the start of the New Year from Rachel Hackenberg.

New Year’s Prayer

Most of all, O LORD…
Most of all, O LORD, forgive us…

for we have not learned the lessons of last year,
let alone the lessons of our histories,
and we are still aiming for the holy grail of self-preservation
to the neglect of loving our neighbors.

Most of all, O LORD, be full of grace…

for those we injure and ignore
because we are so certain
that the best thing we can accomplish in the new year
is to lose 10 pounds,
update our wardrobes
and secure a decent tax rate.

Most of all, O LORD, break our hearts…

for we have lost the collective discipline
of weeping and gnashing our teeth,
opting instead for finger-pointing and name-calling
and gerrymandering for political popularity.

~ written by Rachel Hackenberg, and posted on Rachel G Hackenberg.