It was a blessing listening to the many people who participated in this year’s congregational meetings. We asked how God was experienced in your church, what you pray the people of your church are known for in the community. As we enter this holy season, I find myself praying the following prayer, taken from the words you shared when I was with you.
In the beauty of this season, when twinkling lights shine in the darkness, I pray that your light, O Christ, may shine in me;
let there be acceptance of people, just as they are,
let there be forgiveness,
let grace live in the space between our differences of opinion,
let words of love been seen in daily action,
let there be no exclusion when I say all means all.
Let me be the light of God’s love in the dark places;
where judgement considers others as less than,
where prejudice and racism are instruments of oppression and hate,
where the log in my own eye keeps me from seeing the beauty in yours,
where fear of change keeps me from loving like Jesus.
Let the light of Christ be evident;
let me speak words of blessing and encouragement,
let laughter be present in our encounters,
let strangers be treated as family,
let encounter be a sacred experience.
Holy One of love and life, let your light be seen in all I do, all I say,
for the words you spoke so long ago, you still speak to me today.
Amen and Amen.
My sisters and brothers in Christ, the light has come into the world and darkness cannot overcome it. Be the light this day, and always.
Blessings and peace,