O God, this Advent season is a time
when your light radiates through the world.
Inasmuch as we can,
let us be bright for you.
Shine your light through us
as though we were pieces of stained-glass window.
Flow through us into others
as the warm glow of colors seeps into a church.
Fill us with your light
as though we were lighthouses on the shore.
Use us to guide others
and to keep them from danger.
Set us aflame with your light
as though we were candles, even candles in a storm.
Enable us to burn steadily with your fiery spirit
and to push aside all forms of darkness.
Turn us on with your light
as though we were Christmas bulbs
all connected to one another.
Help us as a community of faith to celebrate
the sparkling good news of your Son’s coming birth.
Be present with us, God, throughout the Advent season
as we live and worship in our wait
for the One who is the world’s light.
Glen E. Raisley
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest