"A Sanctuary in the City… Living Faith"

Grant Us Light, Dear God

What has come into being in Christ was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:3-5)

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15-23)

Holy God, by your Word of Love, you brought life out of chaos—light in the darkness. Amid the clouds of COVID-threat, loneliness, or anxiety that may shadow our routines and relationships, radiate the light of your love into our hearts. Grant us gratitude for rich blessings of grace we inherit. Grant us all hope, as we hold in prayer all who are ill and vulnerable. Grant medical professionals and public leaders the immeasurable greatness of unceasing compassion and renewed strength when the burden of caring wears heavily and fatigue lingers. Grant us all joy in unexpected beauties that catch a glimmer in the eyes of our hearts. Grant that we may stay connected, serving as the body of the Risen Christ, so that through us in some small way, you fill all people and creation in all flourishing liveliness you desire. Amen.

~Pastor Seth