(Written by an 8th Grade Boy and presented to his mother on New Year’s Day)
Holy Father, God of our yesterdays, our
today, and our tomorrows.
We praise You for your unequaled greatness.
Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.
Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.
To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them.
To teach others to love by loving them.
Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us.
So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.
That we could share Love with others.
Help us, Father to hear Your love song in every sunrise,
In the chirping of sparrows in our backyards,
in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.
Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs,
so that we may know You better and better.
We rejoice in the world You loved into being.
Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.
We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.
Forgive us for failing short this past year.
We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown new year
knowing You will go with us.
We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what’s ahead, depending on You to
help us do exactly what You want….
I say it again, we rejoice! In Jesus’ name, Amen