For many, the new year is both a time of reflection as well as a time to ponder the future. Some make resolutions (yet fewer keep them), while others pass completely. I, on the other hand, would like to offer a prayer, one that I plan on reciting every morning in 2018. Feel free to make it your prayer as well.
In every moment of this year, may I be open to receiving your grace.
When I drift astray, may you shower me with mercy.
When I hold grudges against my brethren, may I repent of my wickedness.
When others hold them against me, may forgiveness flow from my lips.
In every moment of this year, may I be open to receiving your love.
When I fail to love, may you have compassion on me.
When I withhold love from myself and my brethren, may I open my heart and let love flow in.
When others withhold their love from me, may mercy flow from within.
In every moment of this year, may I be open to receiving your peace.
When I am at war inside, may your gentle Spirit comfort me.
When I am at war with others, may I have self-control and change my ways.
When others are at war with me, may grace pervade each and every space.
In every moment of this year, may I be open to your joy.
When I am angry, may you teach me to breathe.
When I am quarreling with others, may I be gentle and full of empathy.
When others quarrel with me, may shalom be my everything.
Oh God, hear my prayer. And may you have mercy on us all.