A New Year’s Prayer

By Joyce Rupp

When we miss the beauty and the joy of earth’s goodness…

When we grow too accustomed to life’s busyness…

When the goodness of others gets lost in the rush…

When our frailty outruns our strength…

When the hope in our hearts fades away…

When the call to serve others loses its flavor…

When we search for the way home to you…

When loneliness pursues us…

When it seems the darkness will never give way  to the light…

When the ache of the world wears our compassion thin…

When the troubles of others seem more than we can carry…

When even you seem far away from us…

…God, surprise us again.

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