Holy God, “when the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea,” yet you were there. Even amidst the darkness in the world now, I trust that again, you are there, preparing once more to intervene with your creative power.
In some instances, I find it easier to call out the darkness that exists: when your beloved LGBTQ children are dismissed by your church; when I sheepishly neglect to stand up for my marginalized neighbor; when fear of the other seems to win the day. But I cannot always separate the light from the darkness in the world, for like at dawn and dusk, the powers and light and darkness often meet, mixing and mingling in systems, in structures, in my enemies, in myself.
Grant me the humility to allow your light to shine through the cracks in my life. Shine through the broken places in our institutional church and in our world, so that all may be healed. In the name of Jesus, the true light of the world. Amen.
Scripture Readings (Common English Bible)
- Sunday: Genesis 1:1-5
- Monday: Acts 9:1-19
- Tuesday: Psalm 27
- Wednesday: 1 John 1:5-10
- Thursday: Numbers 6:24-26
- Friday: John 12:27-36
- Saturday: Psalm 119:105-112
With those affected by natural disasters
With those who are in their own dark night of the soul
With those who see no hope or light
With those around the world weary and searching for hope throughout years of war and disease
With those who don’t see God’s promise of resurrection
With those trapped in old beliefs, which don’t allow them the joy of your light and love for all people
May the light of Christ expose the darkness, illuminate my path, and guide me forward into a world characterized by love, freedom, and justice for all of creation. Amen.