I look out at the white snow in this below-zero place,
wearing my all-white, terry cloth-lined bathrobe to signify a fresh new slate.
The year is new
but most of my hopes and dreams have been with me forever.
I still want to follow in your footsteps
(you know how my own can falter sometimes)
and at the same time,
learn how to be a better person.
I still want corruption and violence to cease,
mental illness understood and treated,
and your peace to be accepted and taken in by all
and practiced by all.
Let your love light our way
and bring us out of the darkness.
The year 2012 was a very good year for me;
I didn’t realize there would ever be a year like that.
I didn’t want 2012 to end for this reason,
but I know that time marches on.
Lord, as I march forward in my life
give me clear direction for my new dreams
and while marching to a different drummer
still follow you.
I dedicate 2013 to your glory.