God of sunrises, in the midst of what feels like an eternal night of the soul, we praise you for you are the One who causes the sun to rise. When the disciples felt the despair of Holy Saturday, with Jesus inside the darkness of the tomb, you were there. And soon, the light of the new day would arise, and your triumph over death and despair would be brought into the light. Thank you for always being a light in the dark places of the world and the dark places of our lives. Our hope is in God, for you are the light of the world and you call us to be lights for others. May your light and love blaze in us and in all the world. Amen.
Scripture Readings (Common English Bible)
- Sunday: Genesis 1:1-5
- Monday: Isaiah 60:19-22
- Tuesday: Matthew 4:14-16
- Wednesday: John 1:5
- Thursday: Psalm 19:105
- Friday: John 8:12
- Saturday: Psalm 27:1
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
God of light, may we know your loving care in times of great darkness. May your light guide our steps. May we be people who bring your love and your light to others each and every day. Amen.