by David James Randolph © 2011
O God, we come to you in the darkness:
darkness in our minds we call doubt
And darkness in our hearts we call fear.
There is darkness in our air and water we call pollution,
And darkness around us we call racism, sexism, and ageism.
There is darkness in the world we call war.
We are dying in here!
O God, smash open the tombs
That keep us from your light and set us free.
Come like a candle in the dark.
Come like a breath of fresh air.
Come like a taste of fresh water.
Come like the embrace of a lover.
Come like the joy of breaking free.
Come like the peace that is sweet.
Come with the radiance of resurrection,
And from it we will light our candles
Of loving service to our family,
Our friends, those close to us, and those far away:
Flames for the future to illuminate and heal and lead.
O God, let it be said of us that
In the midst of darkness we bring light,
And in the midst of death we bring life
To our minds and to our hearts,
To the air and to the water,
Near to home and far away,
With our brothers and sisters,
Overcoming terror with love,
At peace with all through Jesus Christ,
The Light of the world. Amen.