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Prayer for the New Year

Dear Maker of all time,
as this year ends

help me remember
each day is in You.

I am sorry
for those I have hurt,

and those times I’ve
lacked the courage

to say ‘no’ to actions
witnessed, that hurt others.

In the year to come
help me see beauty

in the ordinary, and
know borders only as

places in my garden where
mutuality and kindness abide.

Whenever I encounter abuse
hold steady the spirit of truth

within me; give me voice.
May suffering find healing.

Help me not pine for what
I do not possess,

but honour the abundance
I already have

and in turn
give generously to others.

Help me let go the need
of approval from others

and know the hard edges of self,
the humbleness of earth,

that upside down is right way up
when living the mystery

of being fashioned by You
in Your time, and in Your hands.