O God, who is light in the darkness,
we pray for those among us who in the night hours work
or those who labor in places where light is dim.
Be for them and for us protection in the dark.
O God, who is the bright morning star,
we pray for those among us who grieve the loss of loved ones,
the tarnishing of innocence,
the failing of health,
the flight of security.
Be for them and for us a sure defense and the promise of
a new day.
O God, who is sight to the blind,
we pray for those among us whose eyes are
who are blind in soul, mind, or body.
Be for them and for us both courage and sight.
O God, who is strength to the besieged,
we pray for those among us who are beset by
those who are in danger,
those whose enemies are close and whose help
seems far away.
Be for them and for us a present fortress against our
O God, who is salvation to the lost,
we pray for those among us who have never found
or who, having found it, have strayed from your
Be for them and for us the beacon that guides safely
O God who is comfort to the fearful,
we pray for those among us who live in fear of
threats real or imagined,
whose lives are torn by war,
whose thoughts are confused by mental illness,
whose souls and bodies are ravaged by abuse.
Be for them and for us consolation and surety against
Give us wisdom, O God, to turn to you in times of stress,
fear, and grief,
in times of blindness, temptation, danger, and
Grant us patience to wait for you,
and courage to be strong in your might,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Text copyright © 2001 by Brummhart Publishing
Company. All rights reserved.
Reprinted in Sing! A New Creation,
CRC Publishing Company, 2001.