God of all of us, God of many names and many peoples, hear our prayer for the new year just begun ...
Give us the kindness to hear with compassion, to offer support, loving comfort and care.
Give us the courage to do what is needed, and the wisdom to choose what is right and most fair.
Give us the vision to see what is possible.
Give us the faith that will help pave the way
for a present that is hopeful and
a future that is peaceful.
And please, dear God, give us the heart to bring joy to each day.
For these things, God,
and for the secret cries of our hearts known only to you,
we ask you in faith, and in hope. Amen.
Happy New Year, from our home to yours.
Steve & Chris
(The image is Apollo Sunrise from the Apollo 12 flight, courtesy of NASA.)