For many years, our little Unity group has held a Burning Bowl service for the New Year. We spend a few moments reflecting on things we do not want to take into the New Year and we write those on a piece of paper.
Then we write our Letter to God, a letter of thanksgiving and requests for the New Year. The letters are individually sealed, stamped, and self-addressed. We will receive our own letters in the mail sometime next November. It is always interesting to see what has happened over the year — and what we were thinking at the beginning of the year.
Then we go outside, and in a big bowl with a lit candle, burn the lists of things we are releasing and not taking into the New Year. We always end our services in a circle, holding hands, singing the peace song. I am so thankful for my little Unity study group.
It’s always such a powerful service for me. I pray that the New Year will be a time of releasing unnecessary things in your life — like anger and hate and resentment, and opening your heart to God’s Abundant Good! Happy New Year!