A New Year’s prayer

Family and friends (whether or not we’ve met face to face):

This is one of my favorite prayers from the Lutheran hymnal. It seems fitting for a new year as unpredictable as ours.  A colleague has taught me to add the “joy” part and I have; given God’s love, there is always joy in our journey, even if it is hidden for a time:

“O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through (joys and) perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”

God’s blessings in the new year…