A prayer is considered by some as an appeal to God, or another spiritual being. To others, it is defined as an earnest wish or hope. In his poem “Beannacht”—which John O’Donohue calls “A New Years Blessing”—the final stanza closes like this:
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.
And the prayer for the Jewish New Year includes this beautiful sentiment:
May we recognize our solidarity
with the stranger, outcast, downtrodden, abused, and deprived,
that no human being be treated as "other,"
that our common humanity weaves us together
in one fabric of mutuality,
one garment of destiny.
Dear writers, at the beginning of this new year, what do you earnestly hope for? Your prayer can be approached from any orientation—spiritual, religious, or secular—and can be seen more broadly as an intention, an invocation … or a wish.
In these early days of the new year, offer up a prayer for 2018—as emisanchez91 does here
—and share it with us.