God of New Beginnings,
As the new year and the new semester begin, open my mind and my heart to new ideas, new experiences, new encounters.
May this be a year of discovery, learning and growth. Help me to welcome what is novel and surprising. Guide me to find ways to weather the challenges of the unexpected and to learn and uncover new skills and abilities.
Walk with me through all this semester and year have for me. Help me to see you in the beauty and rely on you in the difficulties.
Bless me and your whole world this year.