Maybe your week, your month, your decade has felt oppressive and grim. Maybe you are overcome with anger at the continued unjust treatment of racial, cultural and sexual minorities. Or maybe you are facing what feel like insurmountable tasks and responsibilities. 

This prayer was birthed out of my own need to look to the Light of the World, the Hope of the Nations, the Peace of Christ. Even in the midst of my doubts, I know down to my core:

Weeping may linger for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.”

Psalm 30:5b NRSV

Light-Bringer
Hope-Singer
We are tired of walking in the Night.
Joy-Maker
Fear-Taker
We are tired of walking in the Night.
Heart-Mender
Life-Tender
We are tired
We are grieving
We are listening
For the sounds of the Night surround us
And we are so tired
Of walking in the Night.

We are leaning, resting, yearning…
For your Love to shine
Deep into our hearts,
For your Peace to nestle
Deep into our minds,
For your Truth to seep
Down into our world,
Down into our churches,
Down into our homes,
Down into our very lives.

Send your Love
Send your Grace
But most of all,
Join us in this walk
With the Light shining on us, in us, through us.

Amen.


Rev. Deborah Vaughn is a hospice chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists, and Assistant Minister at Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, MD. She blogs at An Unfinished Symphony and was a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is an avid Buckeye fan down to her scarlet-painted toes!


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