Welcome 2021!!! A prayer for the new year with some accompanying Scripture from Ash and Starlight: Prayers for the Chaos and Grace of Daily Life.
For the New Year
I thank you for holding my
hand in this fresh, new year…
Against my inclination
and with your help,
I let go of my desire for
more control over my life.
My hunger to know what’s coming
and to be ready for it.
My expectations to be in charge.
Have you not taught me again and again
how the joy is in the flexibility?
How all the unexpected,
the unwanted, the unexplained
things coalesce to carve me into
the person I really want to be?
Even the changes I asked for,
the changes I wanted,
can cause anxiety.
Treading on this shifting soil
calls for a steadiness
beyond my own capabilities.
So I trust your hand to hold mine,
carrying me into this new land –
good but different.
You are my Birthing Mother,
always re-creating, always open to change.
You keep showing me
while change is eternally constant,
so is your presence.
You engrain in me
how hope is born through struggle
and the fresh start brought through
change is an invitation to grow.
Whenever something leaves,
something new comes.
Please give me the
wisdom of soul, Loving One,
to look for it.
For a soft heart open to newness,
sensitive to others’ pain,
resilient with hope,
trusting in darkness….
this is the heart for
which I pray this year.
Jeremiah 29:11 * Ezekiel 11:9 * 1 Corinthians 2:9
“No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the
human heart conceived, what God has
prepared for those who love God…”
– 1 Corinthians 2:9