A New Year’s Eve Prayer
As I stand on the edge of a new thing,
I bow to what you have begun in me:
the work and the blessings of the year now done
the brokenness you promise to redeem
the struggle through which you promise to reshape me
the balm of laughter
the wonder of growing children
the steadfast generosity of your most faithful witnesses
the mystery of marriage.
It is all yours and you are in the midst of it all.
And so it is.
Just as you have come this year so you will come in the next:
in the hurting and the happy
in the two steps forward
and also in the one step back
in all that grows and flourishes
and in all that dies and falls to the ground.
Grant me the grace of open eyes that I might recognize you in it all
and bow to the wonders of your love.