Happy New Year! May you receive the words of these blessings from world faiths as a new beginning dawns. Psst…I included some of my favorites from last year’s article!
Creator God, who made this day new
with the dawn rising over the wet landscape
renewed by your life-giving rain.
Merciful God, who makes each day new
when we can confess our humanness
and be forgiven.
Holy God, whom alone we worship
on this first day of this new year.
Infuse us with your hope.
Infuse us with your endless love.
Infuse us with your justice so
it may rain down from the heavens
on all those whom we meet.
—excerpt from “New Year’s Day Prayer,” Rev. Erin Thomas, PCUSA
We pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world, that understanding triumph over ignorance, that generosity triumph over contempt, and that truth triumph over falsehood.
—Zoroastrian Prayer for Peace
O Allah, place light in my heart, light in my tongue, light in my hearing, light in my sight, light behind me, light in front of me, light on my right, light on my left, light above me and light below me;
Place light in my sinew, in my flesh, in my blood, in my hair and in my skin;
Place light in my soul and make light abundant for me;
Make me light and grant me light.
—Prophet Muhammad
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
May the Great Mystery
make sunrise in your heart.
—Sioux Indian saying
Eternal God, You gave us the greatest gift: the gift of life. In the coming year, help us use it wisely. May we grow in generosity, kindness and forgiveness, hope, faith and love. Amen.
—Rabbi Evan Moffic
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose years never fail and whose mercies are new each returning day: let the radiance of your Spirit renew our lives, warming our hearts and giving light to our minds, that we may pass into the new year in joyful obedience and firm faith; through him who is the beginning and the end, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
—Collect for Feast of the Holy Name (Dec 31), Episcopal Book of Common Prayer
(Inhale) The world demands much of me. (Exhale) Give me the courage to be still.
—Cole Arthur Riley, “Breath Prayer for Advent”

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