A Prayer for a New Year


Here we are again at dusk of 2016. Looking out over a new year is similar to the nightfall of day when our eyes close. We finally open on the dawn of another.  So at the end of this year, most of us feel these last days as a summation. The anticipated morrow is a fresh start: a new day, a new year.

My son and his wife regularly lead their children in conversation over dinner as the day draws to a close. He uses one simple question: “What was your ‘high’ and ‘low’ today?”  It’s a way to survey the collected experiences from school and work. The listeners both rejoice with and to bear one another’s burdens.

What was your high and low of 2016? Some of us have had a year that we’re simply thankful to see end. Others of us will cherish the memories of this past year, with its new beginnings or sweet moments.

Looking back in gratitude on the highs of sunny days and the lows of gathered night is a practice that leads to acknowledging the Ruler of it all.

“Know that the LORD, He is God!

It is He who made us, and we are His;

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.”

Psalm 100:3

May you offer a prayer of thanks to our always good, always loving, always sovereign Father. Thank Him for this past year and the new year ahead.  He will be there waiting as each day dawns. And He is the ruler yet.

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