New Year’s Prayer


My son and his wife regularly lead their children in conversation over dinner as the day draws to a close—at least when it is possible for them to dine together—using one simple question: “What was your ‘high’ and ‘low’ today?”  It’s a way to survey the collected experiences from school and work, both to rejoice with and to bear one another’s burdens.

Similar to the close of day when our eyes close and then open on the dawn of another day, so at the end of this year most of us feel this last day as a summation and the morrow a fresh start. Some of us have had a year which 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 thanksgiving 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 give thanks to our always good, always loving, always sovereign Father for this past year and the year ahead.  He will be there waiting as each day dawns—and He is the ruler yet.

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