Despite 2020’s best efforts, we have made it to a new year! May you receive the words of these blessings from world faiths as this new year dawns.
As the new year dawns upon us
We seek your forgiveness for the sins of the past.
May our one resolution for this coming year
Be to walk with you from the first day to the last.
Fill each day with a new awareness of your presence
And make us a blessing to those around us.
—“A New Year,” Rev. Dr. Joyce Blakney Duerr, American Baptist
Make of yourself a light.
You are peace.
From you comes peace,
To you returns peace.
Revive us with a salutation of peace,
And lead us to your abode of peace.
May we struggle against institutional injustice,
free those from oppression and contempt,
act with purity of heart and mind,
despising none, defrauding none, hating none,
cherishing all, honoring every child of God, every creature of the earth.
—Rabbi John L. Rosove, excerpt from “A Prayer for the Jewish New Year”
In peace let us pray to the Lord. For the peace that is from above, and for the salvation of our souls: For the peace of the whole world; for the welfare of God’s Holy Churches, and for the union of all.
—excerpt from Greek Orthodox Office of Thanksgiving at the New Year
Be generous in prosperity and thankful in adversity. Be fair in thy judgment and guarded in thy speech. Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness and a home to the stranger. Be eyes to the blind and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.
—Baha’i Prayer for Peace, Offered at United Nations Day of Prayer for World Peace, 1986
May the Great Mystery
make sunrise in your heart.
—Sioux Indian saying