As we tip from one year to another,
let us slide with ease and grace into
the next unknown.
Let us seek the holy in the ordinary
so that the extraordinary means more.
May we burn the things that do not serve.
Let us burn our selfishness,
small slips of paper clutched in our hand
listing the reasons we are right
and deserving of stolen things.
Let us burn half hearted attempts
to care for our neighbor
the convenience weighed against the care;
care never quite heavy enough.
Let us burn the voice that whispers
you are not good enough
you were never good enough
you will not and never be.
May the ash of these tiny fires
fertilize the soil of our flourishing.
Let it nourish a love and tender care
that inspires others
to burn the year away
to join the planting of a new year
in the holy ash of the old. Amen.