A Prayer for the New Year, 2016


God of past and present time, God of the year to come,

Hear our prayer as we come to the end of the past year and stand on the cusp of the new one.

Forgive the sins and omissions of the past, and grant us fresh hope for new beginnings.

Caress the hurts of the past, and grant us a future without harm.

Help us to make peace with the past, and grant us true peace in the year ahead.

Repair the brokenness of the year past, and grant us wholeness and fullness in the year to come.

Refresh the weariness that the year gone by has brought us, and renew our spirits in the new year.

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come.
Be thou our guard while life shall last and our eternal home.


(“O, God, Our Help in Ages Past” by Isaac Watts)

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