January 1, 2020
Prayer for the New Year: Your Holy Name is honored and hallowed, for in you we find life and value and purpose. Today, as a new year greets us, we acknowledge our past that has not always served your prime mission of love. Forgive us when we excuse or conceal certain aspects of the past. Too often we paint a picture of history from the vantage point of the victor, including covering up the sins perpetrated to gain the victory. A healthy future cannot be realized without an honest conversation about misguided choices that promoted brokenness, oppression and suffering. Even when those choices belonged to another generation, without acknowledgement and repentance, there is no real healing and transformation. Be our guide and our encourager in this necessary work.
Creator of New Beginnings, in our serious examination of the past, we must also look to the future with hope and joyous expectation. We know that many events will transpire over the course of this year, many that will surprise us with delight and shock us with disbelief. Keep us focused on the Good News of your unconditional love, for even in the emotional upheaval of life, there is need for those who can provide a calm and consistent expression of your grace. Allow us to be those who can give witness to your presence in all circumstances. We never do so to dismiss people’s pain, but to announce your faithfulness in every moment of life. You are not the source or instigator of human suffering, but the hope by which life can and will find fulfillment. In you, there is always a new beginning waiting to emerge. Give us eyes to see and spirits willing to embrace those moments when your possibilities are becoming.
This is one prayer, among many, offered on this first day of the new year. Amen.
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