Dear Lord,

We spend so much time going here and going there. Become enthralled with gadgets that distract us. Embark on quest after quest to be entertained. Equate financial security with success. And make busyness the criteria for feeling like we’re fully alive.

Sure, it’s an energizing, exciting and enthralling way to live. But deep down we’re aware of what we lose. We miss countless opportunities to connect with You. Ignore what You say matters most. And never get around to experiencing the Life You freely offer us.

So on this last day of the year, we’re ready. Ready for You to nudge us – and if necessary prod and poke us – until we turn to the life You so lovingly offer. And ready to embrace it fully so that we truly know how to love You, love others and love ourselves.

May it be so in 2018.