Prayers for the New Year

Multifaith prayers for hope, peace, and renewal in the new year.

Prayer for Strength and Wisdom

Grant me the strength from day to day


To bear what burdens come my way.


Grant me throughout this bright New Year


More to endure and less to fear.


Help me live that I may be


From spite and petty malice free.



Let me not bitterly complain


When cherished hopes of mine prove vain,


Or spoil with deeds of hate and rage


Some fair tomorrow's spotless page.


Lord, as the days shall come and go


In courage let me stronger grow.


...


Lord, as the New Year dawns today


Help me to put my faults away.


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Let me be big in little things;


Grant me the joy which friendship brings.


Keep me from selfishness and spite;


Let me be wise in what is right.



A happy New Year! Grant that I


May bring no tear to any eye.


When this New Year in time shall end


Let it be said I've played the friend,


Have lived and loved and labored here,


And made of it a happy year.


--

Edgar A. Guest

Prayer for the Coming Year

Oh Thou, who art ever the same,


Grant us so to pass through


the coming year with faithful hearts,


that we may be able in all things


to please Thy loving eyes. Amen.


--

Mozarabic, 700 A.D.

You Call Us From Our Settled Ways

O God,


you call us from our settled ways,


out of old habits and rutted traditions.


You call us into the land of promise,


to new life and new possibilities.


Make us strong to travel the road ahead.


Deliver us from false security and comfort,


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