Holy One, as we come to the end of this seemingly endless year, I pray for what has been and what will be. I pray for those who are suffering, those who have died, those who carry on, those who hope and those who long for hope. I pray for mercy and grace. I pray for health and a healthier 2021. In my feeble prayers today I also sense that you, O God, know all of this. That You, through the long arc of human history have wept with humankind, laughed with and celebrated, known our despair and our hope. You contain the wisdom of One who has lived through the ages and understands life across the span of time, the good, the bad, the challenges, the grace, the creativity, the inspiration, the death, the new life, all of it. And, I suspect, always the hope that humankind will join you in the vision to create a whole and healthy world for all. May we not forget the challenges of 2020 and fall back into ease. May we continue to work with you in the years to come, moving creation closer to wholeness, that all may live the life you long for us. May we may be courageous, may we have stamina, may we be well, all of us. May we do all this with you as our inspiration, guide, and hope. Amen.

The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a church in Dearborn, MI. She is a long time blogger (seekingauthenticvoice.blogspot.com) and member of the RevGalBlogPals since 2006.

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