It’s New Year’s Eve.
2021 is coming to an end.
Let it be.
There is a beautiful prayer included in the New Zealand Prayer Book widely used in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa. Among the many beautiful prayers is one of my favourite night-time prayers. It begins: Lord, It is night. The night is for stillness. Let us be still in the presence of God.
On his popular Liturgy website Bosco Peters share this gentle and powerful providing something of its background. You might check it out at this link.
But for now, and for this final day of 2021, I want to use this prayer in adapted form as a New Year’s Eve offering.
Let us pray together, for ourselves, for those we love and for our world:
Lord, it is New Year’s Eve
a day for stillness
Let us be still in the presence of God.
It is the eve of a new year,
after a very long and challenging year.
What has been done has been done;
What has not been done has not been done;
Let it be.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world
and of our own lives
rest in you.
This day is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace
all dear to us,
and all who have no peace.
This eve of a new year heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new year,
In your name we pray
You might like to join me in praying this prayer several times throughout this New Year’s Eve day, that we may have the wisdom to give to Jesus the things that have been done and the things that have not been done, the things that have been done well and the things that have been done badly through this year now ending.
Jesus, help us to LET IT BE.
I have a friend, John in Perth, who often on the Homily Studio directs our conversation to the psalm of the Mass as a key to the scriptures of the day. I’m pretty sure that today John would highlight Psalm 95 – with my obvious additions:
Make me ready to