There is a lot of darkness in this world.
Thank you for sending Jesus to be the Light of the world;
thank you that the darkness has not and will not overcome his light.
Thank you that we who follow him can reflect his light so that
we become instruments through which the darkness is dispelled.
We could always use more light ourselves, though.
So enlighten us that we might better understand
the ways in which the world and even the universe work,
the lives of people whose experience is much different than ours,
the mysterious and counterintuitive ways that grace works,
your purposes in and goals for human history, and
the ways that your love is to show itself in our lives.
Then help us to live in the light of our ever-increasing enlightenment …