An Appeal to the Light – Prayers for Paris… And the World

  
As I sit down to pen this reflection, the news reports of the terrorist attacks in Paris are still streaming in. Over 100 dead, dozens injured, countless lives shattered, safety and security destroyed. This attacks follows bombings in Baghdad and Beirut and add to a legacy of carnage and human brokenness. We’ve become so efficient at hurting one another. Lord, have mercy…

That God still believes in humanity despite the various and sundry ways we seek to hurt, dominate, and destroy one another is a miracle. If only we believed in one another half as much. If only we believed in the goodness of our neighbor. If only we believed each of us deserves everything needed to live and flourish. If only we believed in life more than we consign one other to death.

I was reminded by a ministry colleague that in times of deep darkness, it is helpful to remind ourselves that the “light shines in the darkness, and the darkness could not overcome it.” Darkness be damned. It is light that wins. Light always wins.

Light is a denial of the darkness of terrorism and hatred, oppression and destruction. Light is resistence. Light is strength. Light is hope. 

In the meantime, we wait prayerfully in the darkness with little glimmers of light to guide us through the danger on our way home.

O gracious light, pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven. O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed. Now, as we come to the setting of the sun, we sing your praises O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O giver of life, and to be glorified through all the worlds…

E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come…

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