By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Merciful father, Light of the World, Spirit of Truth,
Thank you for the gift of life, time to enjoy, and the many blessings that we take for granted.
Forgive us for our wasting of your gifts, for the sins that we willfully commit, and for the good things that we forget to do.
Have mercy on us.
Cast out the demons that torment us, the desires that demean us, and spirits that hide us from the truth.
Be especially near.
Help us to reflect on our weaknesses, our sinful behavior, and our neglectful hearts.
Grant us strength to meet the challenges of the new year and the grace to extend our blessings to those around us.
In Jesus’s precious name, Amen
New Year’s Prayer (2)
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