Lord of light,
Into the shadows and darkness of chaos
Your voice calls,
inviting Your creation
to know the Creator.
In the midst of darkness and death,
You offer comfort and hope,
so that the light of the future
may lead us towards Your kingdom.
In Your embrace
we find that we are not abandoned,
but instead embraced and loved.
With power and authority
You chase away the challenge
to our peace and stability,
and then with gentleness and warmth
assure us of Your enduring love.
may we listen to Your wise words
and take heed of Your example.
For we admit that while we long to be bearers of Your light,
at times we take ourselves
to the dark places of our hurt and anger
and lash out
at those who are caught in our grasp.
Hear us as we remember the harsh words,
spoken, written or thought;
hear us when we have no patience
for those we share our lives with;
and hold us
when we have to bear
the blows of pain
inflicted by another’s situation.
Hear us and forgive us.
Prince of peace, Everlasting Father,
there is no end to Your love and grace,
as it call us to justice
and upholds us in the assurance of forgiveness.
May we be encourage by Your zeal
to know Your present in all of life,
through Jesus Christ.