Creator of all time and space,
Your light shines into the darkness of our day
bringing transforming light
that awakens us to the possibility
of all that You have placed before Your creation.
As the seasons of each year pass,
You offer time for reflection and restoration
and then the impetus
to begin again,
or be shaped by new opportunities.
At the start of this New Year,
You invite a willingness to let go
of old ways and tired habits
and offer a new invitation
to step out in grace
as the future laps around the edges of each day.
Even with the passing of time,
and the changing of date,
we struggle to let go of the the past.
We cling to our failures,
and the guilt and shame
of long held grudges, grievances and fights.
We allow them to form a blanket around our frame
that prevent us from meeting the warmth of Your love.
May our longings for justice and mercy pull at the corners of our selfish covers
and allow us to meet Your forgiveness
so that we may be moved from complacency and ignorance
and reshaped to bring the presence of Christ
into the hearts of those in need.
Lord of every moment,
inspire us to bring the hope of Christ’s presence
to a world in need of renewal.