Posted by: Titus Presler | January 3, 2017

A New Year’s Day prayer

You, O God, are beyond time, yet you have placed us in time, a dimension of the cosmos you created.  At this transition from one year to another, we thank you for the gift of time: for the infinite moments in which you invite us to be fully present, for the gifts of memory, and for the perspective that experience brings.  We pray for the grace to be thankful for time and to steward wisely the time you give us.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We thank you, generous God, for the year that is past: for the blessing of your presence throughout that year, for the joys of family and friends, for the satisfaction of vocational accomplishments and artistic, musical and literary engagement.  We pray for the grace to cherish the time we’ve been given and to avoid the pretense of insufficient time.

Lord, in your mercy,

        Hear our prayer.

We lift up before you, merciful God, the sorrows and frustrations of the past year: our grief for those who have passed from this life into the life to come, our anger at those who may have hurt us, our shame for how we have hurt others, our frustration at opportunities lost or never offered.  We pray for the grace to be joyful in who we are, where we are, and what we have; to find your presence in all that has happened; and to be reconciled with those from whom we are estranged.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

From beyond time, eternal God, you have shown your love for the human family through engaging us in time through words of wisdom and acts of compassion.  Thank you, God, for entering space and time in Jesus, a human being who, like us, grew through time and experienced the fears and hopes that are creatures of time.  We pray for the grace to join you in your mission in the world of time through bearing witness in word and deed to your compassionate and saving love.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Walk with us, Friend Jesus, as we journey through time.  Help us to rejoice in discovery, heal from hurts, and open ourselves always to your presence in our present moments and our unfolding future.  May your Holy Spirit quicken our spirits to be fully alive in you, the source and destination of life.  Amen.

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