We were greeted with frigid temperatures and Nebraska’s relentless wind yesterday after we arrived home from a whirlwind 12-day holiday visit with my family in New England. While we skittered through a fine wisp of clouds, the snowy Great Plains below us, the plane pitching and bumping its way toward the runway in Omaha, I penned a prayer for 2015 in my journal. Up early this morning, courtesy of the one-hour time change between Massachusetts and Nebraska…and the fact that I was in bed at 9:30 p.m. last night…on New Year’s Eve no less, I reread my prayer and realized it might be lovely to share it with you. So…a prayer for 2015…Happy New Year’s, friends. May God shine his face on you today and all year long.
Thank you always for your love and faithfulness, for being with us — ahead of us, behind us, alongside us — every step of the way throughout this past year.
As we stand on the cusp of a new day, a new year, may you continue to guide us toward you. Help us walk your straight path; help us keep our eyes and ears focused on you. May you make your way for us clear. May you show us your path, Lord, and light the way.
Protect us from temptation, Lord. You know our weaknesses; you know what diverts our gaze from you. Strengthen us in the face of temptation, distraction and threat.
Help us love our people well — those in our immediate circles, those just passing by and those whose paths you desire to intersect with ours. Help us see your face in theirs, Lord.
Open our eyes to your ever-present gifts and goodness, especially on those days in which we struggle, the days in which we doubt your presence. Open our ears to your quiet prompts. Open our minds to change and renewal. Open our hearts to your love.