As the sun sets each day, so the year also disappears across the horizon of its winter.
And though the setting sun says a lot about closure and things that are final;
though the end of the day cries for things
neglected, undone, and forgotten that can not be recovered;
The disappearing sun also brings permission to rest and to reflect, not on this day,
but the day to come;
a charge to prepare for the new day sun.
So it is with the setting year.
It is here we find the promise of renewed goals and brand new dreams.
It is with the end of the year we get to imagine what the next will be;
what we will make it; what will be finished and what we will begin.
The new year is a great big box of brand new days.
What a wondrous world has been provided. The year past has brought the glory of spring, the warmth of summer, and again the cycle of autumn, and winter.
All nature responds to the rhythm of life.
Teach us to value our days as gifts. Teach us how to receive the day.
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
May the favor of our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us;
give us purpose and let us become competent.
May this coming year be a joy to us; let blessings fall like the hard, spring rains on us all.
Teach us to dance in their puddles and not to fear the dark skies.