Here’s a prayer for New Year’s Day from Rachel Hackenberg.
Prayer for New Year’s Day
we say the name
that gives us hope:
we raise the name
that brings us peace:
we cry the name
that brings us healing:
You who are the same
stay with us and love us
through seasons of change
of heartache of struggle of love
through tears and praise
and lament and delight
be who you are forever and always.
We long to be made new.
We are desperate to leave the past behind us,
but you have brought us this far
and you have promised to continue.
Stories and experiences shape us
like ancient stars shape the night sky,
so teach us not to turn our backs on what has been
but to listen for stories of what may be.
Teach us not to start over in fear
but to wade in every water
and to walk through every wilderness
with the patience of hearts that trust you.
Teach us not cynicism but curiosity
so that our souls might sing gratitude
and our tongues speak prophecies of your love and glory
for as long as we have breath to give.
To you, the One who is worthy,
to you in whom the angels delight,
to you alone at the beginning and the end,
to you we bring our prayers and our whole lives this day. Amen.
~ written by Rachel Hackenberg, and posted on RevGalBlogPals. https://revgalblogpals.org/2017/01/01/sunday-prayer-new-years-day/