Hope for the New Year

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
– Edith Lovejoy Pierce


via Daily Prompt: Year

Hope for the New Year

by Carl Josehart

O God, in the year ahead
help us to look for the joy
to search out our lives
for the rapture of love
the comfort of friendship
the warmth of an embrace

help us to feel the wonder
to look through the eyes of a child
and experience the awe
miracles abound in the everyday
help us to suspend disbelief
and hope for more than we dare to dream

help us to join in the praise
to shudder before the expanse of the universe and all the heavens
delight in the beauty of a single petal on a perfect flower
to join hands and voices
and sing to joy
to wonder
to praise
and to one another