In this coming year, send us messengers of peace and wisdom.
Send us prophets and change-makers who are willing to lead and listen.
Open our hearts and minds to receive new insights and to become more understanding of those who do not see the world as we do.
Remind us that harbored resentments and words said out of haste or to correct or to embarrass are never helpful to healing our broken relationships.
Remind us to be kind,
to be firm,
to be strong,
to speak the truth,
and, above all, to love.
And so, as this year comes to an end, let us take a deep breath and let it out slowly.
For tomorrow, will need our resolve, we will need our wits, and we will need our faith.
O God send your Spirit and your reassurance that you will be with us for every step we take forward and for when we stumble, and must pick ourselves up, and begin again.
O God, hear our prayers. Amen.