Some of my regular readers and folks who want to pray alongside have been asking for a single monthly prayer. In 2012, I will be posting these to The Wonderment, at the end of the preceding month.
Breath of Life how wonderful it is to meet a new year! Night by night and day by day let us grow in the ways of living faithfully. Surprised by wonder help us laugh generously at our small imperfections and resolutely address our greater failings, accepting imperfection as a gift and as a way of learning. Transformed by generous love may we risk faithfully with greater and greater generosity in spirit, thought, word, and deed. Lover of Life guide us in growing thicker relationships, turning from strangers to neighbors and from neighbors to kin. Already part of the whole, may we rediscover each day the blessing of responsibility to that whole, and do what we can, as we can, whole-heartedly offering ourselves to add to this life’s blessings. Each day may we find the story worthy of living and stretch into it, open it and offer it to others, and adding to the tale of hope. When we are sincerely asked to forgive, let us find it in our spirits to grow again in love and to forgive and, whenever possible, to begin the work of reconciliation. When we have done wrong, let us swiftly and earnestly seek to make amends, to ask forgiveness, and, whenever possible, to begin the work of reconciliation. Breath of Life, each breath bears new possibilities and carries away what is old and in need of renewal. In this new year may we remember our promises for goodness well, live into our aspirations and dreams of peace, merciful justice, and compassion, and sing our songs of hope and thanksgiving in every hour of every day. Amen.