God of New Beginnings,
Thank you for this new year and for the gift of each new day. With every dawn comes the opportunity to co-create with you; to continue the story we author together. And so I ask that you break through the darkened corners of my life with the light of your love.
When I am hurt, remind me of your unending grace and grant me the courage to forgive. Where I feel shame, strengthen my confidence and belief in your love for me. When I experience jealousy or anger, enable me to find in or believe the best of my neighbor. When I feel despair, rekindle a sense of hope within. Where I know grief or sadness, bring joy—even small doses, that my heart might sing again.
I cannot change the past but I do have a say in my future. Embolden me to take the first steps toward living the life I want—the life you desire for me.
In Jesus’ name I pray.