Prayer for the New Year

God of all peoples—

This last year has been so difficult for so many…
                wars…
                loss of loved ones…jobs…homes…
                words of hatred and division…
                for many, a loss of hope.

But now—
                an opportunity for a fresh start…
                new beginnings.


New starts are never easy.
Stepping into a new future is frightening.

But without taking those steps
                we find ourselves stuck…
                                repeating the past.

God of all peoples—

Help us to truly see each other…
                to see past the ways we label “the other”…
                to see our shared humanity…

Help us to honor Mother Earth…
                to be wise stewards of all she has given us…

Help us to live out our beliefs…
                not merely talk about them…
                                letting them be words on a page…

Help us to be who you call us to be…
                brothers and sisters…
                united in love and hope…
                delighting in our diversity.

God of all peoples—
                May it be so.

Amen.