Prayer: People of the Light

Here is a thoughtful Epiphany (or Christmas) prayer from Walter Brueggemann.




On Epiphany day,

     we are still the people walking.

     We are still people in the dark,

          and the darkness looms large around us,

          beset as we are by fear,




                loss —

          a dozen alienations that we cannot manage.


We are — we could be — people of your light.

     So we pray for the light of your glorious presence

          as we wait for your appearing;

     we pray for the light of your wondrous grace

          as we exhaust our coping capacity;

     we pray for your gift of newness that

          will override our weariness;

     we pray that we may see and know and hear and trust

          in your good rule.


That we may have energy, courage, and freedom to enact

         your rule through the demands of this day.

         We submit our day to you and to your rule,

            with deep joy and high hope.

~ written by Walter Brueggemann in Prayers for a Privileged People (Nashville: Abingdon, 2008), p. 163. Posted on Journey with Jesus.