Life is full of endings and beginnings.

A boat floats on a lake at sunrise

Holy One, You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end:

Life is full of endings and beginnings. Walk with us, we pray.

You are our Heavenly Parent. It is You who are our mother and our father. You made us in your image and breathed your sacred breath into our lungs. Please comfort us this day. No matter how many seasons we have watched pass on this incredible earth, we are all only little children. In comparison to the great expanse of eternity, our lives are only a puff of smoke. We confess that, just like little children, there are times when we find this world truly terrifying. Take us by the hand and lead us.

You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. You are the one who made all things. You hung the stars in the sky, placed the planets in their orbits, and cause the sun to rise and set. If you stopped loving the world for even one moment, we would cease to be.

Give us courage, O God. Guide our steps and strengthen us for new beginnings. Some of us are struggling with the sorrow of watching another year draw to a close. Others are lonely and can’t find the courage to reach out in search for companionship. There are those among us who are starting treatment for an illness and those among us who are preparing to take the next steps toward death. Some of us are expecting the birth of a child, interviewing for a new job, discerning a call to ministry, preparing to plant a church, or considering getting married.

And, O Lord, there are many of us who simply struggle to rise and start the day.

Help us, O God.

Life is full of endings and beginnings.

Be with, us O God. We pray this day for new beginnings, new birth, and the strength to carry on.

Amen.


About the Author: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland is a visually-impaired, Filipino American pastor in the United Methodist Church. She is an ordained elder and serves two churches in Central Pennsylvania. She is the author of Through My Good Eye: A Memoir in Verse, The United Methodist Church and Disability, and Hope for the Broken: Using Writing to Find God’s Grace. She blogs about faith, books, and disability awareness at BeckieWrites.com


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