By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace, Spirit of Truth:
We give thanks for a month of new possibilities, not looking back, not fearing the future, but focused on the present.
Be especially present, eternally present, in our lives here and now.
May we participate in your shalom, the peace that passes all understanding, and share it with those around us.
In our sense of peace, give us the serenity to examine our thoughts, our emotions, and our responses,
that they may reflect your presence, honor it, and extend it each and every hour of each and every day.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, may your truth guide our path and lead us closer to you.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.