New Year’s Day prayer

God of all time, as we start a new year , we look back with thanksgiving for your grace woven throughout each moment, every challenge, all of the joys of the past 365 days.

When the unexpected shook our faith and inevitable change caused us to be anxious, your promised presence never failed to bring mercy and compassion.

Before we race into a new season with resolutions or resolve, anticipation or resignation, we stop to reflect on where we sensed your providence, your provision, your sustaining love and transformative power in all that has brought us to where we are right now.

As we recognize your all-encompassing care for all creation, we look ahead with hope, trusting that no matter what triumphs or tragedies unfold, no matter how exhilarating or mundane the day, no matter how delightful or daunting we find this world, you never abandon us, you always seek us. You want nothing less than abundant life for all of us.

As we turn the page on another calendar year, make us instruments of your grace, stewards of your mysteries, the salt and light and leaven that preserves, illumines and grows your goodness in our portion of your time. Amen.