A benediction for the New Year
May our good God bless you and keep you
May his face turn towards you
May the gaze of God be tender and merciful
May your expectations for the coming year
Be grounded on the goodness of the Great Creator
May the sadness, mourning, and joy of this past year
Propel you into nurturing and merciful Presence
May you remember that you are not alone in your wandering and wondering
May love and peace find your deepest self
and cause your steps to become firm and sure.
May you learn your loveliness and abandon all self-hatred.
May your joy be eternal and your hope stubborn AF.