Advent Day 26: A prayer from Rev Mike Robertson

For the 26th day of Advent, Rev Mike Robertson, minister for The Barn Church in Culloden, has written a prayer on our theme for this year — Light in the Darkness.

Rev Mike Robertson Advent 2021
For the 26th day of Advent, Rev Mike Robertson, minister for The Barn Church in Culloden, has written a prayer on our theme for this year — Light in the Darkness.

Jesus, light in the darkness…

The world is watching, waiting, wondering.
Shine Your light on all its pain,
Fears for the future, longing for the past,
And doubts if ‘normal' will return once again.

Flood our wounded planet with Your life-giving light.
Bring healing to the nations weary from all of life's fight.
Pandemics to climate, so much needs to change.
Solutions evade us, yet You're in whispering range.

Worry robs leaders on whom we depend,
Of many nights' sleep and missing weekends.
Lord Jesus, where there is darkness,
Let there be light!

Jesus, light in our darkness…

For lost connections, the Church cries in distress.
Change and disruption to the ways we knew best.
Less resources, mission planning, it may seem such a mess,
Yet Your plans and Your purpose are always to bless.

These days You ordained from the beginning of time,
If we're led by Your Spirit all will be fine.
So help us keep faith with challenge to walk through,
Though many things change, You never do.

The new landscape we're shaping, God help us get right.
So Church serves her purpose and carries Your light.
Lord Jesus, where there is darkness,
Let there be light!

Jesus, light in my darkness…

Reflecting on my life, there is much yet to do,
For it to reflect even a hint of You.
Yet I'm part of this world whom You loved so much,
Suffering its worst so heaven we could clutch.

Shine in every dark corner of my body, mind, soul,
As I trust You each day to make me more whole.
Father help me to be everything that You have planned,
Reminding me daily to reach out my hand.

To those all around me but most of all You,
Give me Hope, Peace, Joy, Love; all I need to get through.
Lord Jesus where there is darkness,
Let there be light!

Amen!

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