Pastoral Prayer: 1 John 1:5

Here’s a pastoral prayer inspired by 1 John 1:5.  It was written by Brian Draper.

(based on 1 John 1:5)

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1: 5

As the light from that first Easter sunrise streams from its distant horizon into our own life and time, we feel its touch, its warmth, its glow; and we draw from its energy, and we begin to see the world around us in a new light. In the light of your love.

So help us to walk in this light, in your light, this week. May our actions be in step with our beliefs. May we walk the talk. May we keep no dark secrets, nor hide anything away - especially not the light you now place within our hearts.

Help us, too, to reach out in the light of love to others: to those who still walk in darkness; to those who live in the shadows of poverty and injustice; and to those who need help to see the Way.

Light up our life, Lord, that we may shine like stars, in brilliance, in wonder, but most of all, in love.

— written by Brian Draper, and posted on the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website.