Irving, Texas

Sunday Reflection; January 3, 2016

New Year’s Blessing Prayer for Clocks and Calendars
by Edward Hays
Holy Creator, you who live outside of time,
            and reside in the imperishable moment,
            we ask you on the beginning of this New Year
            your blessing upon your gift of time.
Bless our clocks and watches, you who kindly direct us
            to observe the passing of minutes and hours.
May these markers of time make us aware
            of the miracle of each second of life we experience.
May these our ticking servants
            help us not to miss that which is important
            while you keep us from machinelike routine.
May we be ever free from being clock watchers
            and instead become time lovers.
Bless our calendars, Loving God,
            these ordered lists of days, weeks and months,
            of holidays, holydays, fasts and feasts –
            all our special days of remembering.
May these time-honored servants, our calendars,
            once reserved for the royal few,
for magi and pyramid priests,
            now grace our homes and our lives.
May they remind us of birthdays and other gift-days
            as they teach us the secret that all life
            is meant for celebration and contemplation.
Bless, O Divine Marker of Time, this new year,
            each of its 365 days and nights.
Bless us with new moons and full moons:
            bless us with happy seasons and long life.
Grant to us, O God, this new year’s gift of a year of love.