Light of the World

Lord, you are the light of the world.


But for many the world is a dark place: For people living with anguish and fear and violence, in the countless places in our world, where news is dark.  Let your light shine.


In Japan where crises continue, where consequences of natural disaster cloud both present and future in so many ways.  In the minds of suffering and fear and grief, Let your light shine.


In our own country, with government cuts which have yet to have their full effect, we pray for those who already feel themselves engulfed in darkness and despair, Let your light shine.


In our lives, when things don’t turn out as planned, when we feel the effects of failure, of guilt, of hopelessness, of loneliness, of violence, anger or despare.  Into our lives, let your light shine.


In our church, where we look through eyes that are critical, when we speak words of bitterness, when we perpetrate hypocrisy, tolerate gossip, point fingers, when we would rather judge than love others, rather tear down than build up, rather assume you are on our side than ask seriously whether we are on yours…


Restore our sight, restore our role as your witnesses, to us, for us, through us, Let your light shine, to glorify your name.