New Year’s Prayer for Hurting Hearts

Some of us enter trembling through the door of a new year. 

This last year wasn’t so good and our hearts are broken.

What if the next year is worse?  How will we manage?  Where can we hide from bad news, bad outcomes, disastrous trauma?

Truth is, we can’t.  

So here we are, bravely marching in, hanging on to hope and begging God for mercy.  

Father God,

I admit that I am scared.  No matter how many times I read or someone reads to me, “Fear not!” my heart screams, “Easy for YOU to say!”  I know deep down that You are here.  I know that nothing happens without You seeing.  But I am still trembling.  

Help me feel Your Presence.  Help me hold onto the hem of Your garment.  Help me reach out and take possession of the promises You give me-to guide, carry and strengthen me.  When I am weak, You are strong.  If I forget everything else, don’t let me forget that.

Lord, even if no new disaster takes shape in the months to come, I’m left holding the broken pieces of a broken life and I am oh, so tired of plodding through my days trying to put it all back together.  Bring light into the dark corners.  Bring hope into the desperate places.  Bring tangible help to my doorstep so I can find a little rest in these weary days, weeks, months.

Whatever this year brings, You are already there. 

You know the end from the beginning.  Nothing takes You by surprise.  

And when I want to give up and give in, speak courage to my soul.  Lift my head and help my heart hold on.  ❤

strength made perfect in weakness ant


Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

16 thoughts on “New Year’s Prayer for Hurting Hearts”

  1. Goodness me have I fallen apart the last few days, I knew it was creeping up on me and could do nothing about it. I can only hold on to the knowledge that this will pass and I will be held in the palm of His hand until I can recover.

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    1. I’m so sorry dear friend. Sometimes all we can do is fall apart. Praying the Lord makes His Presence very real to you and that you hear Him singing love and grace over your heart. ❤


  2. Thank you for this post, for putting into words exactly how I feel right now. Your blog has encouraged and strengthened me in my grief journey (youngest son died by suicide at age 29 in 2010). Countless times I have experienced the perfect word of truth at the right time by reading your blog. Thank you for being willing to be vulnerable and share your gift. May God bless you with an abundant measure of hope and peace in this new year!

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement. It helps to know the things I share touch someone else’s heart. I am so very sorry for your pain and your loss. May the Lord continue to give you the strength to hold onto hope and may He overwhelm your heart with His grace, love and mercy. ❤


      1. I might not always comment but I read your blog every morning.
        You start my day with hope and encouragement. Thank you!!
        May we all continue to stay strong, find peace, love and hope in the New Year. 💙

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    1. This year, as I take down the Christmas stockings, I am once again packing a stocking with seven years of Christmas in it. I hang a stocking for Matthew, who passed seven years ago. I am also reminded of how much God has blessed us since we also have two more grandchildren and a son-in-law
      God has continued to bless us through our losses and I anxiously await what God has in store for those that love Him.

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      1. Thank you for sharing how God is meeting you in your sorrow and continues to bless you. I do believe that when we lift our eyes and hearts to Him, He is faithful to open them to His ongoing work in our lives. ❤


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