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A Prayer: For the Birth of a New Year

( [email protected] ) Jan 06, 2004 03:44 AM EST

God of winter morning,


Of new day born from the waters of night;


A feeble cry from Mother Earth's horizon,


A murmured moan from lingering stars;


Infant soft, blue-veined is your child, Dawn.


Into the waiting arms of Your people


You gift this newness to us...



O God, help us to look with awe-laden eyes,


Let us hear with soft-edged hearts the first cries


of the New Year, of a new day,


that we may come running as if life,


fragile and tear-stained,


awaits us.



O Creator, lover of life,


What child has been born as Day this hour?


Stretched across heaven and earth,


Arms wide open


Waiting for us to return the embrace --


To count fingers and toes of light and rivers,


bird and flower,


woman, man, and child.


Straining to hear a whispered word --


A song of peace,


A hymn of promise,


A lullaby of justice.



God who was, now is, and will still be,


Show us the way of newness --


conceived by Your desire,


born of Your Love's labor,


made visible,


embraceable.



O Lord,


In this now toddling year,


we move, outstretched in hope, toward You.



Amen