We have a lot behind us, O Lord.
people loved and not loved,
hurts given and received,
changes accepted and resisted,
and so much more.
When we look back, fill us
not with nostalgia but with gratitude,
not with regret but with acceptance,
not with grief but with assimilation, and
not with despair but with hope.
We acknowledge and affirm that all that is behind us goes into making us who we are right now.
We acknowledge and affirm that in a sense we are the sum total of our past experiences.
But we also acknowledge and affirm that you are behind us too, guiding, nudging, prodding, leading, and loving.
Thank you for your grace that has led us to this point; thank you for your grace that has been with us all this time and all this way.