Almighty God, we thank you for light and life,
for all your gifts and blessings upon us.
We thank you especially
for sending prophets among us,
to teach us to return to the ways
You have hallowed and blessed.
May all who profess your Name
work to stamp out the fires of hatred,
and bring mercy and forbearance to life in all things.
May the Light of Peace
deliberately opening our hearts
toward justice, compassion, and shalom.
from exulting over each other’s losses or pain
but toward setting each other’s good as our own.
standing against systems of oppression and hatred.
secured on a foundation of justice and equality with all beings.
but being ever led by your gospel to holiness.
Holy One, we give thanks
for your abiding faithfulness to us
even when we wander.
Set our hearts and minds
on the path of compassion,
and place your blessing upon those
whose needs we raise before You.