Saturday, January 2, 2016

Prayer: “New Year’s Blessing/Prayer for Clocks and Calendars” (Author Unknown)

Lord, You who live outside of time, and reside in the imperishable moment, we ask Your blessing this New Year’s Day upon Your gift to us of time.

Bless our clocks and watches, You who kindly direct us to observe the passing of minutes and hours.

May they make us aware of the miracle of each second of life that we experience.

May these, our ticking servants, help us not to miss that which is important, while You keep us from machine-like routine.

May we ever be free from being clock-watchers and instead become time-lovers.

Bless our calendars, these ordered lists of days, weeks, and months, of holidays, holydays, fasts, feasts – all our special days of remembering.

May these servants, our calendars, once reserved for the royal few, for magi and pyramid priests, now grace our homes and our lives.

May they remind us of birthdays and other gift-days, as they teach us the secret that all life is meant for celebration and contemplation.

Bless, Lord, this new year, each of its 366 days and nights.

Bless us with new moons and full moons.

Bless us with happy seasons and a long life.

Grant to us, Lord, the new year’s gift of a year of love.