December 31, 2015

New Year’s Prayer :: Blessing from Joyce Rupp

Posted in Blessing, New Year's Prayer at 8:35 am by davebayne

I hope for you in this new year…

That the single, most significant dimension of life is your relationship with the Source of Goodness who never ceases to sing love songs to your soul

That you find meaning, purpose, and vitality in what you do daily

That you treasure your loved ones and let them know how dear they are to you

That you make choices and decisions that reflect your truest self

That you look in the mirror at least once a day and smile in happy amazement

That you remember relationships are what count above all else – more than work or money, or all the material things we spend so much time tending

That you live in an uncluttered manner, enjoying the freedom to be content

That you keep your sense of humor when things don’t go the way you want

That you find adventure in each new day and marvel at the wonders of creation
which constantly present themselves to you

That you never give up on yourself when others turn away or do not understand

That you are attentive to the health of your body, mind and spirit

That you take risks and accept the growth-full challenges that come to you

That you draw on your inner strength and resiliency when you are in need

That you carry peace within yourself, allowing it to slip into the hearts of others
so our planet becomes a place where violence, division, and war are no more

By Joyce Rupp, January 2004


December 28, 2013

New Year’s Prayer

Posted in New Year's Prayer at 7:12 pm by davebayne

And so we take the ragged fragments,

the patches of darkness
that give shape to the light;
the scraps of desires
unslaked or realized;
the memories of spaces
of blessing, of pain.

And so we gather the scattered pieces

the hopes we carry
fractured or whole;
the struggles of birthing
exhausted, elated;
the places of welcome
that bring healing and life.

And so we lay them at the threshold, God;

bid you hold them, bless them, use them;
ask you tend them, mend them,
transform them
to keep us warm,
make us whole, and send us forth.

Prayer by Jan L. Richardson (Through the Advent Door: Entering a Contemplative Christmas)

(Originally published in Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas by Jan L. Richrdson)

December 27, 2013

A Sonnet & Prayer for the New Year

Posted in Advent, New Year's Prayer, Poems at 3:09 am by davebayne

Prologue: Sounding the Seasons

Tangled in time, we go by hints and guesses,
Turning the wheel of each returning year.
But in the midst of failures and successes
We sometimes glimpse the Love that casts out fear.
Sometimes the heart remembers its own reasons
And beats a Sanctus as we sing our story,
Tracing the threads of grace, sounding the seasons
That lead at last through time to timeless glory.
From the first yearning for a Saviour’s birth
To the full joy of knowing sins forgiven
We start our journey here on God’s good earth
To catch an echo of the choirs of heaven.
I send these out, returning what was lent,
Turning to praise each ‘moment’s monument’.
~ Malcolm Guite

Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year by Malcom Guite

January 5, 2013

Prayer for Epiphany

Posted in Contemporary Prayers, Epiphany, New Year's Prayer at 7:00 pm by davebayne

Beloved Jesus,
may I have the faith and insight of the Wise Men,
who, when faced with an ancient hope of a foreign people
and the appearance of a remarkable star,
grasped the connection, and went and followed that star.
I stand now at the border of a new year,
which is to me like an unknown country.
I don’t know what I will experience as I traverse it;
I don’t know what obstacles will lie across my path.
Lead me, like the Wise Men, on a quest
of faithfulness and worship,
of hopefulness and giving,
and always unto Yourself.

~ Jeanie Gushee (1962–)

Taken from: Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book

January 4, 2013

Prayer of John of the Cross

Posted in Ancient Prayers, New Year's Prayer, Prayer Books at 5:55 pm by davebayne

It is well and good, Lord, if all things change,
provided we are rooted in You.
If I go everywhere with You, my God,
everywhere things will happen for Your sake;
that is what I desire.

~ John of the Cross (1542-1591)

Taken from: Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book

December 31, 2012

New Year’s Eve Prayer

Posted in New Year's Prayer, Prayer Books at 7:02 pm by davebayne

Night is drawing nigh.
For all that has been —
For all that shall be–

Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)

Taken from: Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book

Celtic New Year’s Prayer – The Opening Door

Posted in Celtic Prayers, New Year's Prayer at 6:00 pm by davebayne

This day is a new day
That has never been before.
This year is a new year,
the opening door.

Enter, Lord Christ—
we have joy in Your coming.
You have given us life;
and we welcome Your coming.

I turn now to face You,
I lift up my eyes.
Be blessing my face, Lord;
be blessing my eyes.
May all my eye looks on
be blessed and be bright,
my neighbours, my loved ones
be blessed in Your sight.

You have given us life
and we welcome Your coming.
Be with us, Lord,
we have joy, we have joy.
This year is a new year,
the opening door.
Be with us, Lord,
We have joy, we have joy.

Taken from: Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community

December 28, 2012

New Year’s Prayer by Ted Loder

Posted in Contemporary Prayers, New Year's Prayer, Prayer Books at 6:19 pm by davebayne

I Hold My Life up to You Now

Patient God,
the clock struck midnight
and I partied with a strange sadness in my heart,
confusion in my mind.

Now, I ask you
to gather me,
for I realize
the storms of time have scattered me,
the furies of the year past have driven me,
many sorrows have scarred me,
many accomplishments have disappointed me,
much activity has wearied me,
and fear has spooked me
into a hundred hiding places,
one of which is pretended gaiety.
I am sick of a string of “have-a-nice-days.”
What I want is passionate days,
wondrous days,
dangerous days,
blessed days,
surprising days,
What I want is you!

Patient God
this day teeters on the edge of waiting
and things seem to slip away from me,
as though everything were only memory
and memory is capricious.
Help me not to let my life slip away from me.
O God, I hold up my life to you now,
as much as I can,
as high as I can,
in this mysterious reach called prayer.

Come close, lest I wobble and fall short.
It is not days or years I seek from you,
not infinity and enormity,
but small things and moments and awareness,
awareness that you are in what I am
and in what I have been indifferent to.

It is not new time,
but new eyes,
new heart I seek,
and you.

Taken from: Guerrillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle by Ted Loder

December 30, 2011

New Year’s Prayer for 2012

Posted in Contemporary Prayers, New Year's Prayer at 8:14 am by davebayne

God the eternal rock is with us,
From year’s beginning to its end,
In hard times and in good,
God is with us from year’s beginning to its end.
God almighty is faithful,
Present in each day and every moment,
Drawing close in every act and deed,
God is faithful through all eternity.
God is trustworthy,
Yesterday, today and forever,
Sustaining, enlivening, making all things new,
God the eternal rock is with us this day and evermore.

From Christine Sine on GodSpace

February 5, 2010

Help Me to Believe in Beginnings

Posted in Contemporary Prayers, New Year's Prayer tagged , at 6:47 pm by davebayne

God of history and of my heart,
so much has happened to me during these whirlwind days:
I’ve known death and birth;
I’ve been brave and scared;
I’ve hurt, I’ve helped;
I’ve been honest, I’ve lied;
I’ve destroyed, I’ve created;
I’ve been with people, I’ve been lonely;
I’ve been loyal, I’ve betrayed;
I’ve decided, I’ve waffled;
I’ve laughed and I’ve cried.
You know my frail heart and my frayed history –
and now another day begins.

O God, help me to believe in beginnings
and in my beginning again,
no matter how often I’ve failed before.

Help me to make beginnings:
to begin going out of my weary mind
into fresh dreams,
daring to make my own bold tracks
in the land of now;
to begin forgiving
that I may experience mercy;
to begin questioning the unquestionable
that I may know truth
to begin disciplining
that I may create beauty;
to begin sacrificing
that I may make peace;
to begin loving
that I may realize joy.

Help me to be a beginning to others,
to be a singer to the songless,
a storyteller to the aimless,
a befriender of the friendless;
to become a beginning of hope for the despairing,
of assurance for the doubting,
of reconciliation for the divided;
to become a beginning of freedom for the oppressed,
of comfort for the sorrowing,
of friendship for the forgotten;
to become a beginning of beauty for the forlorn,
of sweetness for the soured,
of gentleness for the angry,
of wholeness for the broken,
of peace for the frightened and violent of the earth.

Help me to believe in beginnings,
to make a beginning,
to be a beginning,
so that I may not just grow old,
but grow new
each day of this wild, amazing life
you call me to live
with the passion of Jesus Christ.

Taken from Guerrillas of Grace by Ted Loder