O God, we hear, again, the echo of those ancient words:
“The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light.
And following on the heal of those words, we add these:
May it be so, O God, may it be so.
For in a hundred different ways we know something about the darkness;
From deep darkness which threatens to swallow us up;
To shadows which push in upon us from the edges of our lives;
From heart-ache and heart break;
To a nagging sense of emptiness that leaves us longing for something more.
And what we need, O God…
And what we hope for and long for;
Is some glimpse of that great light:
That not only pushes back the darkness, but also begins to show us the way;
From where ever it is we are right now;
Towards that place we long to be.
In our prayers today, O God, we would remember the words of Jesus when he said, “You are the light of the world.”
In our certainty…light.
In our searching…light.
In this moment right now…light.
Tomorrow wherever we are and however we are…light.
So teach us what that might mean for us, O God;
For who we are;
And how we live:
And how we pray.
You call us together that we might find strength and hope and direction with and from each other. And then You throw open the doors and send us out to be Your people and Your presence in the world You continue to love so much. To be…
Light in the midst of darkness:
Hope in the face of despair:
Compassion where the harshness of life overwhelms.
May we continue to strive to do and to be just that as we do our best to follow in the way of Jesus.