A prayer for the New Year
O Ingenious God,
I rejoice in your creation,
And pray that your Spirit touch me so deeply
That I will find a sense of self
Which makes me glad to be who I am
And yet restless
At being anything less
Than I can become.
Make me simple enough
Not to be confused by disappointments,
Not to mistake busyness for freedom,
Not to expect truth to be painless,
Not to sing all my songs in private,
To get into trouble,
To admit trouble and seek help,
To celebrate all of it,
Myself and others and you
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Franciscan Benediction:
May God bless you with discomfort,
at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger,
at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
My God bless you with tears,
to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their
pain to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness,
to believe that you can make a difference in this world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.