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Opening the Door: A New Year’s Prayer

This day is a new day
That has never been before.
This year is a new year,
the opening door.

Enter, Lord Christ—
we have joy in Your coming.
You have given us life;
and we welcome Your coming.

I turn now to face You,
I lift up my eyes.
Be blessing my face, Lord;
be blessing my eyes.
May all my eye looks on
be blessed and be bright,
my neighbours, my loved ones
be blessed in Your sight.

You have given us life
and we welcome Your coming.
Be with us, Lord,
we have joy, we have joy.
This year is a new year,
the opening door.
Be with us, Lord,
We have joy, we have joy.
(from Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community, pp. 238-39)

The above prayer is a ‘first-footing’ prayer.  In Scotland and Northern England whoever first crosses the threshold of your home after the passing of midnight New Years Eve is the person who “brings in the year” for you and your house.  This prayer invites Jesus to ‘first-foot’ for us, to bring in the new year for us.

2012, even in it’s nascence, looms large with incredible possibilities and difficult problems.  For many 2011 was a difficult year.  My hope and prayer for all of us is that Christ would be with us, that Christ would guide us, that Christ would transform us, that Christ would uphold us, that Christ would employ us, and that Christ would be glorified by us in 2012.  Whatever challenges lie ahead, may we meet them in the strength that God supplies.  Whatever blessings we may receive, may we give thanks to Him, the giver of all gifts.  2012 itself, no doubt, is a great gift–a great bundle of responsibilities to shoulder and joys to appreciate.  May we receive  the gift of time in such a way as to honor the Giver.

Amen.

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One thought on “Opening the Door: A New Year’s Prayer

  1. Thank you for the lovely poem and for your sentiments for the new year. Blessings to you in 2012!

    Posted by Dale | January 2, 2012, 4:11 pm

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Hi! I'm David, the campus minister for InterVarsity's graduate and faculty ministries at NC State and Meredith College. I hope you'll join me as I learn to "practice resurrection" in the City of Oaks, in her universities, and in the wider world. You can contact me at dmwilliams83@gmail.com

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