A prayer to begin (or end) your day:
God of history and of my heart,
help me to believe in beginnings
and in my beginning again;
no matter how often I've failed before.
Help me to make beginnings:
to begin gong out of my weary mind into fresh dreams,
to begin forgiving that I may experience mercy,
to begin questioning the unquestionable that I may know truth,
to begin disciplining that I may create beauty,
to begin sacrificing that I may accomplish justice,
to begin risking that I may make peace,
to begin loving that I may realize joy.
Help me to be a beginning for others,
to become a beginning of hope for the despairing,
of assurance for the doubting,
of reconciliation for the divided,
to become a beginning of freedom for the oppressed,
of comfort for the sorrowing,
of friendship for the forgotten,
to become a beginning of beauty for the forlorn,
of gentleness for the angry,
of wholeness for the broken,
of peace for the frightened.
Help me to believe in beginnings,
so that I may not just grow old but grow new
each day of this wild, amazing life
you call me to live
with the passion of Christ.
(Help Me to Believe in Beginnings, Ted Loder)