Nov 20, 2013

Prayer of Thanksgiving: Giver of Light

Here’s a responsive prayer of thanksgiving from Bruce Prewer.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

All thanks to you, most holy Friend,
Giver of light and love and holy joy.
Before the beginning, when space and time did not exist,
you nursed a brilliant hope for the children who were yet to be.

All thanks to you, most holy Friend,
Giver of light and love and holy joy.
In the young world, when you first raised up humankind,
you planted in them a hope that would survive their wandering and falling.

All thanks to you, most holy Friend,
Giver of light and love and holy joy.
Through the turmoil of history,
with the rise and fall of powerful nations,
you called the Hebrew tribes to be your people of hope.

All thanks to you, most holy Friend,
Giver of light and love and holy joy.
With prophets and ethical law-makers,
with their poets and devout scholars,
you prepared the world for a hope-event to outstretch all others.

All thanks to you, most holy Friend,
Giver of light and love and holy joy.
At exactly the appropriate time,
you sent John the Baptiser to get your people ready for the incarnate Hope
that would begin at Bethlehem and ripple around the world.

All thanks to you, most holy Friend,
Giver of light and love and holy joy.
And when we, you latter-day children,
found our place in this world,
we discovered all around us, like yeast in dough,
the energy of this Hope veined through all things.

All thanks to you, most holy Friend,
Giver of light and love and holy joy.
For the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

All thanks to you, most holy Friend,
Giver of light and love and holy joy. Amen!

~ written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Homepage. http://www.bruceprewer.com/DocA/02advent2.htm