Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I fail by making too many. Sometimes I fail by not even trying. Or by being afraid to name what I want. I failed recently by shooting down my friend’s word for the year… and at our last conversation, she still hadn’t found a new one. But at least she was trying, while I was just shooting.
I want to start the year with confession, and this is my favorite one (from the Book of Common Prayer):
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
So as I start this year fresh and new, I want to start from the right place.
And then I want to start (again) loving God with my whole heart and my neighbors as myself.