I sent this thoughtful poem to my friends earlier this month. I was searching for something special with which to acknowledge the new year and was attracted to this soft, prayerful piece. I felt it was nice, gentle, and welcoming with several lines in it being particularly poignant.
Regardless of whatever spiritual affiliation you may or may not have, it is hard not to admire a line like,
“Pray for those who’ve lost their way”
And if you are someone who has occasionally felt lost in the cacophony of events this past year; felt confused, hopeless, angry, longing, this is for you.
You can be sure you are in good company.
Brush away old heartaches.
Learn from our mistakes.
Another year is finally over.
A new dawn awakes.
Let the old year out.
Welcome the new one in.
Bury the bad things of the past
As a new year now begins.
Make your New Year wishes
As simple as you can.
Pray for peace and love,
Not for wealth or fame.
Pray for health and happiness.
Pray for your fellow man.
Pray for all the ones you love.
Pray for those who’ve lost their way.
As the midnight hour chimes,
We leave the old and embrace the new.
I wish the things you wish for yourself,
And may God’s love stay with you.
(c) John P. Read