So, here we are God, a new year, a new beginning, a fresh start.
But I’m still feeling worn out,
tuckered out from this past year.
I don’t know if I have the inner wherewithal for a fresh start.
Your faithful servant, Benedict, wrote: “Always we begin again.”
It’s a statement of grace,
a reassurance that your mercies are new every morning,
and that there is a wideness in your love.
So, I will take you at your word that we begin again. Just as the new year comes around so does your assurance that as challenging as this past year was, we begin again. We begin fresh. We enter 2018 girded by your love, your mercy, your compassion.
And, as we are girded and strengthened by your love,
help us to extend love,
compassion to one another and to ourselves.
So, thanks God. Here’s to a new year.