“Light dawns for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!” Psalm 97:11-12
Almighty and Eternal God, in your light we see light. For your abundant mercy and never-ending love, we thank you. For this day and the opportunity to live as your faithful children, we thank you. For the good things you have created for all people, we thank you. For your Son who gave himself for our sake, we thank you.
We lift up the broken hearted, grant them peace. We pray for those who search, but have not yet found. Guide them by your grace into the light and life of your Son. For those who are alone, we pray a friend sent by you. We lift up the oppressed and downtrodden, may those who love you work on their behalf. Bless the merciful and peaceful. Bless the ones who help the helpless.
Gracious and Loving God, renew us through your power. Refresh us by your grace. Give us good work to do and a willingness to do it. May our day be filled with love for you and good works towards our neighbors. May it all give honor and glory to You: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; One God for ever and ever. Amen.
“Then he said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their crosses daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).