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Monday, 3 January 2022

A Happy New Year


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 As 2021 comes to a close, it may be difficult to find the good in what it’s brought. Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, the increase in gun violence, and the growing threat of climate-related conflict (just to name a few examples), this year’s events have created unexpected change in everyone’s lives. The ending of a year would usually bring about joyous moments and an exciting list of New Year’s resolutions to accomplish, but instead, 2021 has left us desperately in need of hope, healing, and peace. Kicking the year off with New Year’s prayers can help you set the best intentions for 2022, even if the stressors of 2021 don't dissipate the moment the clock strikes midnight on January 1.


Praying is typically considered something done exclusively by those who are religious, but there are plenty of prayers that can be applied to any area of your life, even if you are not religious yourself. Whether pulled from the Bible or found from others who have wanted to provide encouragement through tough times, prayers are nothing but love notes to God that come from your heart at the moments needed. If you haven’t quite found the right words to get you motivated for what could be a year of new beginnings, then these 10 New Year’s prayers will hopefully give you a fresh start after a tumultuous year and help you embark on a chapter worth celebrating again.


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Dear God,

Thank You for new beginnings. What an incredible day this is with a fresh year's potential stretched out before me. I want to be found faithful this year in each and every opportunity You bring to me. Thank You, Lord, for new beginnings. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.


— Pastor David McGee


2


Lord Jesus,

I thank You that You are with me, that You are in me. Resolutions might come in one year and go out the other. Open my ears this year, so that I can hear You and enjoy You at every junction, when You tell me to turn right or left. Amen.



3


Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams.

Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.

Concern not yourself with what you tried and failed in, but what it is still possible to do.

Now is the time to put aside past and present setbacks and failures and look with confidence to the new day called tomorrow.


— Pope John XXIII


4


Dear God,

Give me the courage to begin again — to overlook the difficulties, to overcome the obstacles and to stay open to the moment as best I can. Help me be patient enough to know it takes time to start over, and wise enough to ask for help from friends and family when I need it. As I look to the future, may I reflect on the past and remember the lessons it’s taught me. And God, may I always look to you for strength and guidance.



5


Dear God,

On this day I ask You to grant this request?

May I know who I am and what I am, every moment of every day.

May I be a catalyst for light and love, and bring inspiration to those whose eyes I meet.

May I have the strength to stand tall in the face of conflict, and the courage to speak my voice, even when I'm scared.

May I have the humility to follow my heart, and the passion to live my soul's desires.

May I seek to know the highest truth, and dismiss the gravitational pull of my lower self.

May I embrace and love the totality of myself? My darkness as well as my light.

May I be brave enough to hear my heart? To let it soften so that I may gracefully choose faith over fear.

Today is my day to surrender anything that stands between the sacredness of my humanity and my divinity.

May I be drenched in my Holiness and engulfed by Your love.

May all else melt away.

And so it is.


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God of Love,

You are with us in every transition and change.

As we enter into this new era with excitement and even some anxiety,we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love.

We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us.

We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment.

We thank you for the work of others that gives breadth and depth to our own work.

Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another.

We ask this in your Holy Name.



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As the dawn breaks on a new year, let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family and our friends.


Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains. Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way. Let us serve all who are in need, regardless of race, color or creed.


Let us keep God of our own understanding in our hearts and to chant God's name each day. Let us lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth and from wrong to right.


Let us remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none.


May your year be filled with peace, prosperity and love. May God's blessings shower upon you and bestow upon each of you a bright, healthy and peaceful new year.



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God of all time, help us enter the New Year quietly, thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others, mindful that our steps make an impact and our words carry power.


May we walk gently.


May we speak only after we have listened well.


Creator of all life, help us enter the New Year reverently, aware that you have endowed every creature and plant, every person and habitat with beauty and purpose.


May we regard the world with tenderness.


May we honor rather than destroy.


Lower of all souls, help us enter the New Year joyfully, willing to laugh and dance and dream, remembering our many gifts with thanks and looking forward to blessings yet to come.


May we welcome your lavish love.In this new year, may the grace and peace of Christ bless us now and in the days ahead.



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May the Lord make my New Year a happy one...


Not by shielding me from sorrow and pain, but by strengthening me to bear it if it comes.


Not by making my path easy, but by making me sturdy enough to tread any path.


Not by taking hardship from me, but by taking all cowardice and fear from my heart as I meet hardships.


Not by granting me unbroken sunshine, but by keeping my face bright even in the shadows.


Not by making my life always pleasant, but by showing me where men and His cause need me most and by making me zealous to be there and to help...


God, make my year a happy one.


 

10


Heavenly Father,

At midnight,

When the old year dies,

And the new comes bounding in,

I draw strength from knowing

That in the next twelve months

The snows will go

The buds will burst

The heat will rise

The leaves will fly,

That all these things will happen

According to Your schedule

And in Your time;

That there is order in Your universe,

And that I am part of it.


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