Christ, our Light,
You arise in our lives
to transform the darkest corners
of all that keeps us form You.
Nations and Kings,
sons and daughters
are drawn to the dazzling brightness
of the new beginning
gifted in Your presence.
Your heart swells with joy
as the stranger and the outcast
find their place
within Your glorious rays.
In wonder and amazement
those who grasp at meaning and understanding
in their lives
as they proclaim the wealth and promise
in their journeys to and with You.
Journeying to new knowledge and encounter
is full of excitement and hope,
and can also be a time of struggle and difficulty.
The scenery on route
and distractions of other people
can take our minds and thoughts away
from the discoveries You had hoped
we would make.
Choosing our own path
the choices we make
can lack good judgement, perception
and a willingness to live alongside others.
Lord of wisdom,
forgive us for our folly
in choosing our own path
and failing to think of others.
God of warmth and forgiveness,
Your light shines into our hearts
to serve You,
and in the changes You will make
we will discover new ways of being loved by You
and of sharing love
as we share our faith in the lives we lead.