Give Thanks and Live In Hope
God of the Seasons, and lover of the ages, master of the moment,
You are beyond time yet within all time.
We return to you what you have given to us –
the moments, the minutes, the hours, the days,
the weeks, the months and the year of 2021.
Time has been good to us again,
and we thank you for freely giving us these human bodies,
these events and these relationships.
We have lived another year and we have died another year,
and you are soon giving us the beginning of another.
We now hand over to you the past year,
With all that it gave us and all it took from us,
knowing all are necessary, just like our breath.
We trust you in both the giving and the taking,
the inhaling and the exhaling.
May every breath of 2022 be a breath of the Holy Spirit,
joyfully received and joyfully returned,
beginning with this one right now.