by Carla A. Romarate-Knipel, copyright 2022
It’s the first day of the new year, O God.
I thank you for the past year – with all its
…blessings, hardships, and challenges.
I thank you that you were with me
the whole time.
Even in the darker days, your Light
… to illuminate my path,
… to warm my heart,
and lead me forward.
Now here I am,
at the beginning of a
May I go through this day and this year,
in your everlasting, unconditional
May I look up to You, who look upon me with
not because I am perfect, but because you are
and by my faith in Jesus, you have made me your
Send me forth then into this new year, into your
with hope and strength
to be your living, breathing blessing
to everyone I meet on this path,
to the future that you have prepared
for all your beloved children,
with faith, hope and love.
In the name of Jesus, the Alpha and the Omega,
the Author of my beginnings and endings.