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As you begin to pray, spend a few moments in silence preparing your heart.

Holy Jesus, you are the light of the world, brilliantly shining into the night of our fears, despair and sins.  May we walk with you in the light of your love and grace, turning away from sin and darkness.  Shine in us and through us, O Lord!  May others see the ways in which the radiant light of your abundant love has changed us and be drawn to you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

Close with the Lord’s Prayer, paying close attention to what these words actually mean.  If you find yourself thinking deeply about one or more of the petitions, spend some time with each of them.  You might want to do this over the course of a week.