Prayer For The New Year

by Mark Weinrich

Mark 2:22 And no one pours new wine
into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine
will burst the skins, and both the wine
and the wineskins will be ruined. No,
they pour new wine into new wineskins.

Lord, by age I could 
be an old wineskin,
stiff and rigid 
unable to receive and hold
the newness of Your grace.

Make every part of me
elastic by Your Spirit,
that I may depend upon 
all that You can do,
not on what I think I know.

Create in me resilience
that goes against my nature,
flexibility that sees change
as opportunity for You to move.

Give me daily faith and grace
as a vessel stretched 
to accept the freshness,
the newness, and energy
of Your Spirit’s flow.

Thank You for the joy
and peace that accompanies
every move of Your presence.

For I know in spite of age
I can be a new wineskin
for Your glory. Amen

Mark Weinrich lives a creative life as a writer, photographer, musician, and artist—all wrapped together in an outdoorsman. He is a retired pastor and nine-year cancer survivor. His writing and photography have appeared in over 130 news stand, inspirational, and literary publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.

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