During last Friday’s New Year’s Eve retreat, presenter Debra Donnelly-Barton shared the following prayer in the closing session. It’s a prayer that we can all carry with us into the new year. Another prayer of hope follows. Take a few quiet moments to pray with us…

Help me to journey beyond the familiarnew year prayers
and into the unknown.
Give me the faith to leave old ways
and break fresh ground with You.
Christ of the mysteries, I trust You
to be stronger than each storm within me.
I will trust in the darkness and know
that my times, even now, are in Your hand.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven,
and somehow, make my obedience count for You.

~The Prayer of St. Brendan (attributed to Brendan)

To Start a New Year

“A new year is unfolding—like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.

Lord, let this year be filled with the things that are truly good—with the comfort of warmth in our relationships, with the strength to help those who need our help and the humility and openness to accept help from others.

As we make our resolutions for the year ahead, let us go forward with great hope that all things can be possible—with Your help and guidance.”

~Anonymous