A new song for a new year

I patiently waited, Lord,
    for you to hear my prayer.
You listened and pulled me
from a lonely pit
    full of mud and mire.
You let me stand on a rock
    with my feet firm,
and you gave me a new song,
    a song of praise to you.

~ Psalm 40:1-3a

O God, our Composing Creator,
who listens intently amidst the vast symphony
~ of rumbling waves and rolling thunder,
~ of shifting sands and butterfly beats,
~ of elephant trumpets and sparrow chirups,
~ of guileless giggles and adoring angels,
to the melody of my life in all its minor and major keys:

for accompanying me through
the blues,
the bends,
the broken beats;
for chanting into the depths of my soul
an alternative refrain to the world’s “sure thing;”
for bringing harmony and rhythm
to the cacophony of demanding, expectant voices within and around me.

Fill in the blank score of this new year
with a new song –
a song of praise to You.
And may Your passion and truth resonate
through the minims and the moments of my days
as I dance in step with You.

Now the earth was formless and empty …

Genesis 1:1-2 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

In all beginnings, there is God.

In our conception and formation, God was there.

God watched over our first steps and smiled at our first words.

God rejoiced at our first love and wept at our first hurt.

Before every first, God was there, and, in each new beginning God is present and lending us the creative energy of God’s Spirit.

God makes something out of nothing – something beautiful and good.

God breathes into our stale lives, and we are made anew, in God’s image; full of hope and vision and energy and purpose.

May each day bring you …

… new beginnings,

… new opportunities,

… new ideas.

And may the power of our Creator God find full expression in your life.