God of winter morning,
Of new day born from the waters of night;
A feeble cry from Mother Earth’s horizon,
A murmured moan from lingering stars;
Infant soft, blue-veined is your child, Dawn.
Into the waiting arms of Your people
You gift this newness to us…
O God, help us to look with awe-laden eyes,
Let us hear with soft-edged hearts the first cries
of the New Year, of a new day,
that we may come running as if life,
fragile and tear-stained,
O Creator, lover of life,
What child has been born as Day this hour?
Stretched across heaven and earth,
Arms wide open
Waiting for us to return the embrace –
To count fingers and toes of light and rivers,
bird and flower,
woman, man, and child.
Straining to hear a whispered word –
A song of peace,
A hymn of promise,
A lullaby of justice.
God who was, now is, and will still be,
Show us the way of newness –
conceived by Your desire,
born of Your Love’s labor,
In this now toddling year,
we move, outstretched in hope, toward You.
– Pamela Hawkins, A Prayer: For the Birth of a New Year