Pause for Prayer: New Year's Eve (Day)

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It's New Year's Eve, Lord,
in a year that seemed so very new
not all that long ago...

Where has the old year gone, Lord?
And how did I spend, how did I live
these fleeting past twelve months?

How well I remember the times
we walked and talked together, you and I,
and the peace of your companionship...

But I remember, too, the times
when somehow I forgot, ignored
that you were right there by my side
and, foolishly, I tried to make it on my own...

I think of all the times you took delight in me
and all the times I failed your love
in what I said and did...

And yet you never failed me, Lord,
you never failed to love me,
to pardon and forgive me:
your grace so sweet and pure 
and always freely given...

Today I come with empty hands: 
I haven't much to offer 
and anything I do have 
was first your gift to me...

But there comes a new year now, Lord,
and with it comes my prayer 
that I grow worthy of your love,
more faithful to your word...

In this new year, Lord,
day by day,
make me stronger in faith,
more trusting of your help...

Nurture in my soul
a hunger for the truth,
a thirst for all that's holy,
a desire for your wisdom...

Help me settle for nothing less
than all you offer, Lord,
to heal my soul, mend my heart,
and guide my steps along your path...

It's New Year's Eve Lord,
in a year that seemed so very new
not all that long ago... 

Wake my heart to 2020,
to all your grace and gifts
and tomorrow, Lord, 
may a new day, your day, 
dawn in peace...



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