Prayer for a New Year

I have a stone bench on my back porch that I call a sitting wall.  A collection of small stones piled there helps me to pray, especially when(as the photo demonstrates)  physical strength has faded.  At other times, I pick up and hold like the stones  the written prayers of others.

“O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servants–as we begin another year.  Grant that we may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen our trust in your goodness all the days of our lives.

Draw our hearts to thee, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly thine…then use us to thy glory and the welfare of thy people, through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.”

~ Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer

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