God of all ages, you have blessed us with another year.

Help us to make room for the blessings that are in store for us in the coming months.

May we be opened to learn the right lessons, even if they hurt a little.

Help us to be patient so that we won’t  miss divine opportunities.

Show us how to fulfill without material possessions, so that we will not miss what it means to be a blessed people.

Enable us to be a blessing so you will recognize us as the ones who gave you bread when you were hungry, drink when you were thirsty, and clothes when you were naked.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Adaptation of a prayer by the Rev.  Kevin B. Smith.