Our Lord and Giver of life, lead your people beyond the laws and structures which too easily shape us, to the new life that liberates us. Where there is hopelessness, frustration and despair, bring your gifts of wholeness and liberty and life, in all its superabundance. Break through the darkness of death, and lead your people to live in the light.
We pray for governments which have the power and the responsibility to bring the light of justice, to places where darkness reigns. In the unspoken refugee crisis for the people of Iraq, in the unending torment for those in Darfur, in the countless hidden injustices that banish light from your beloved children – cause your church to take action as well as feel emotion, and governments to bring justice as well as talk of justice. Break through the darkness of death, and lead your people to live in the light.
Free us from the laws we create, but which fail to bring true freedom. Bring your children to the fullness of the life for which we have been created, that we might mediate your living truth, reflect your glorious light, and proclaim the new life for which all people have been born into this world – the world which you loved and gave yourself to save.