Okay, I get that this is the season of new everything-
New year, new decade, new resolutions, new opportunities, new possibilities, new pajamas….
But also,
Same me,
Same you.

So God,
Maybe even in this moment and all of it’s shiny, hope-filled, promisy newness,
Just keep being same-old you.
Always finding same-old me.
Do the thing you always do,
Be the wonder you always are,
Cling to me like you have for years,
Don’t stop, don’t let up, don’t try a new way.
Stay right here.
Hold on. Hold close.
As the ancient stories say,
As the songs those old angels sang,
As our texts and traditions remind me,
again and again and always and still…
Just keep being you, holding on to me,
Loving us through, loving us through all of the new.
Stay you.
Stay with me.
Still.

Amen.


Prayer written by Rev. Erin Counihan, who serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO.


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One thought on “Thursday Prayer

  1. But you’re not the ‘same old you’! – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor 5 v17) and, by God’s grace, you continue to be new: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom 12 v12). Happy New Year, Happy New You, Happy New Me!

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