1/1/19

Pause for Prayer: TUESDAY 1/1


It's a new beginning, Lord, 
a new day, a new month, a new year:
and I know that new beginnings come in different ways
for different folks...

So, I pray today for all who've longed,
hungered and waited for a new year,
eager to leave the past year behind…

I pray for those who are more than ready
to move beyond the hurt and disappointment,
the grief and burdens of 2018...

I pray for those who desire a new beginning,
who pray for a new grace
to look afresh at everyone and everything…

I pray you give the grace we need, Lord,
to begin again, to trust again, to try again,
to hope again in you and in your love for us…


• I pray this morning for those who are stuck, Lord,
for those who’ve lost the energy, the courage, the desire
to look ahead to a new beginning...

I pray for those who’ve lost a sense
of when one day ends and another begins...

I pray for those so tired of yesterday
they’ve lost a taste for tomorrow…

I pray you give the grace we need, Lord,
to begin again, to trust again, to try again,
to hope again in you and in your love for us…


• And I pray, Lord, for those too tired
to mark the beauty of a rising sun,
the solace of a silvery moon…

I pray for those weighed down by worries, fears and problems,
burdened by too much work,
with too little time to do it…

I pray for those whose days and nights blur,
keeping them from rest and relaxation...

I pray you give the grace we need, Lord,
to begin again, to trust again, to try again,
to hope again in you and in your love for us…


• And I pray, Lord, for those who miss
the gentle ways you hold us when we’re weary,
strengthen us when we’re weak
and carry us from day to day...

I pray for those who need to see
how faithfully you walk with us: 
each hour, day and week through which we pass…

I pray for those who long for your healing
of the year we leave behind
and for your peace in the year we've just begun... 

I pray you give the grace we need, Lord,
to begin again, to trust again, to try again,
to hope again in you and in your love for us…


• Send your Spirit, Lord,
to open our minds and hearts
to all you'll offer us in the year ahead...

May this truly be a year of grace:
may your mercy be our healing 
and your healing be our hope…

Give us what we need, Lord,
to begin again, to trust again, to try again,
to hope again in you and in your love for us….

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