The transition from 2021 into 2022 is requiring more energy and is taking longer than usual, at least for me. The ongoing, heightened pandemic is an exhausting, tragic global constant. This year, I’m discovering that leaving 2021 and moving into 2022 takes grit and intentionality. I wonder if you’re experiencing something similar.
To help with this process of continuing our movement into the new year, I share a prayer from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
help me now to unclutter my life,
to organize myself in the direction of simplicity.
teach me to listen to my heart;
teach me to welcome change,
instead of fearing it.
I give you these stirrings inside me.
I give you my discontent.
I give you my restlessness.
I give you my doubt.
I give you my despair.
I give you all the longings I hold inside.
Help me to listen to these signs of change, of growth;
help me to listen seriously
and follow where they lead
through the breathtaking empty space
of an open door.
How is the transition from 2021 to 2022 going for you?
-Written by Rev. Ann Palmerton
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