As this year turns to the next,
Bless the passing of time, God,
whether we like it or not.
Bless children growing right before our eyes,
our ageing bodies and ageing parents.
Bless the presence of each moment,
and the movement of hours turning
into days, weeks, months,
seasons, years, lifetimes.
For the year behind us,
may we be graced with memories.
Give us hearts large enough
to hold heartaches,
resilient enough to accept
losses, and content enough
to be grateful.
For the year ahead, give us
open hands and open minds.
Help us embrace growth and beauty,
unknowing and paradox.
Bless the good earth who grounds us,
and horizons that give us space to see.
Bless the sun who travels
the globe each day,
and the moon whose change night
by night is perceptible.
Bless the water with is many forms,
modelling change and transformation.
Bless the sky and its moods, brilliant
and drab and everything in between.
Bless us with rituals that bring
shape and meaning to our days.
Bless us with companions who
provide connection and comfort.
Bless us with hope in a future
with light, love, and laughter.
- Wendy Janzen
Reflections, poetry, prayers, photos, and resources written by Wendy Janzen unless otherwise noted.