Monday, December 31, 2012

As the old year ends and a new one begins...




As we approach the end of the calendar year, I offer you this prayer with the hope that these words might help all of us walk gracefully into 2013.

Let us pray...

Good Lord,
it's the last day of 2012...

Only a few hours left in this old year
which seemed so new
oh, not-so-long ago...

Where has the old year gone, Lord?
And how did it go?

And how did I go with you,
make my way with you, Lord,
these past twelve months?

I remember the times
we walked and talked together,
side by side,
you and I...

And I remember the times
when I forgot, somehow,
that you were right there by my side,
always within arm's reach...
 
And I remember the times I tried to pretend
you weren't there, Lord...

I remember the times when you took delight
in my words and my work
and I remember the times I ignored and forgot you
- but still you loved me
and in your mercy, you forgave me...


Nothing I've done, Lord,
merits what you've given me:
all your love is grace, 
an unearned gift
from your heart to mine...

In return for all you've given me
I have so little to offer...

But there comes now a new year, Lord,
and with it my prayer
to live a life more worthy
of all you so freely give me...

In this new year, Lord,
make strong my resolve to be faithful,
make deep my trust in your presence
and make sure my hope in your promise,
for without your help
I know I will fail...

Lord, you offer me only
what is true and pure,
good and just, strong and graced...

In this new year, help me recognize
what is false, cheap and sham...
 
Help me to settle for nothing less
than what comes from your heart and hand...

Nourish me, Lord:
give me a hunger for what is genuine,
a thirst for what is holy,
a wisdom for discerning your gifts...

It's the last day of the old year, Lord...

Shake from my heart what has no place there
and wake me to the gift of your grace
and the dawn of a new beginning...

Amen.




 

     
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1 comment:

michelle said...

thank you for this and happy new year to you too-

especially this:

"In this new year, Lord,
make strong my resolve to be faithful,
make deep my trust in your presence
and make sure my hope in your promise,
for without your help
I know I will fail... "