I Am the New Year (with commentary)

I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.

    There is a belief among the Hebrews and early Christians that each new year is a new beginning. The book of life has been closed and all past actions are sealed, never to be opened again. So as be begin this new year 2016, we have the opportunity to make a new start in our lives, forgetting those things in the past, and writing in the book of time new and wonderful things we will accomplish in 2016.

 
I am your next chance at the art of living.

    This new year will allow us to change some of the ways we lived in 2015, making better choices than we did in the past.

 
I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.

    There are many things that we have learned in 2015 which can be a yardstick for what we do and want to accomplish in 2016. Remember those things that caused you to say “I could have done that better” and do it better.

 
All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it out with more determination.

    Those disappointments and failures from last year are gone – this year, 2016, contains the things that we wished you had done if you just search for them. They may be deeply hidden, but there are there – you just have to hunt.

 
All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.

    Remember those things that you tried and didn’t quite make it – you have a clean slate. There are no conflicts on the blank page of your life that will stop you from accomplishing your wishes and dreams. Just keep at it.

 
All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have–these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.

    With no past history, you can do what you dreamed to do but, for whatever reason did not have the courage, faith or opportunity to try. This is your chance to awaken these dreams and ‘go for it’. .

 
I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

    We must remember that we are all beloved children of God, a loving God who wishes the best for us. This is a new year, fresh, just as God promised when he said:

      “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5)

Make the most of this opportunity to make 2016 the best it can be.
 
 
Written for In The Garden, Trinity Episcopal Church on Capitol Square, Columbus, OH; 10 January 2016
 
 
 

I Am the New Year

I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.

I am your next chance at the art of living.

I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.

All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it out with more determination.

All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.

All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have–these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.

I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
 

One thought on “I Am the New Year (with commentary)

  1. I want to use this in a video for churches. Who wrote it?? I want to get permission to use it.

    The author of this prayer is unknown, so there is no way for attribution except to say ‘author unknown’.

    Glad you want to use this. . . I use it for the homeless ministry I do every year as a reminder that we all start anew each year.

    Blessings

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