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A Prayer for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

“O God of steadfast love,
Learning from you, may we walk well.”

 

 

 

 

Here is a prayer that you can use at home or in church on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Of course, let us not forget that January 1st is also the Feast of the Holy Name, in which we commemorate Jesus’ naming on the eighth day. With that in mind, there is something about this prayer which speaks to new beginnings and continued faith.

Learning to Walk by J. Bradley Wigger

O God of steadfast love,
trusting you, we devote our hearts to learning
and our lives to walking.

Teach us truth, that we may walk with courage.
Teach us mercy, that we may walk with humility.
Teach us forgiveness, that we may walk with compassion.
Teach us grace, that we may walk with strength.
Teach us wonder, that we may walk with praise.
Teach us goodness, that we may walk with those in need.

O God of steadfast love,
Learning from you, may we walk well.
Amen.

From Together we Pray: A Prayer Book for Families (Chalice Press, 2005)

 


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