|Coffee in the Morning|
On the church calendar, this is the last week in the Year of Grace 2016. The new Year of Grace 2017 begins this coming weekend with the First Sunday of Advent. It's time, then, for a Morning Offering of resolutions for the new year ahead of us... (This prayer might be a good one to carry through the Advent season!)
Good morning, good God!
In the new year of grace
I want to offer a share of my heart
greater that what I offered
in the year just past...
I want to offer you the pieces of my heart
I'm least inclined to let go;
the parts of my heart I try to hide
from others, from you, from myself;
the hurting places in my heart
that shy away from even a healing touch...
I offer you the corners of my heart
where I've let some weeds grow wild:
help me uproot whatever fails
to nourish and give me life...
I offer you the closets of my heart,
stuffed with old grudges and resentments:
Lord, help me discard anything
that fails to help me grow...
I offer you the boxes of wasted time,
the cartons of foolishness
and the bags of misspent effort
all cluttering my heart:
help me clear out the trash of my mistakes
and give me a new beginning...
And I offer you the cellar of my heart, Lord,
where a locked trunk of hurt and anger
aches to be opened:
with the key of your healing grace
open me to the peace I seek...
I offer you my heart's hopes and dreams:
my desire to grow in faith;
my pledge to rely on your wisdom and word;
my promise to ask you for help each day;
my word I'll forgive whoever offends me
and my vow to give freely to those in need...
I offer you this new year of grace, Lord,
and ask for the strength and resolve I need
to live it as one worthy of the name I bear:
I offer you the new year ahead, Lord
- one day at a time -
and I pray for the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can
and the wisdom to know the difference...
I offer you all of my heart, Lord,
and pray you give me a new year of grace
to grow in faith, to deepen my hope
and give myself to love...
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