God of Light and Life,
we turn our eyes to You in times of joy and times of anxiety,
for You are our hope and our guide.
Give us strength
to step out on the path your Son laid before us
bearing your light to the world.
Forgive us for our stumbles and misdirections,
for times we have been faithless,
acting out of anger or blind self-interest.
Help us be reborn through the Spirit,
that we may be children of hope,
embodying the love God bears for the world.
Blessed Jesus, draw us within your embrace,
and place your hand of healing upon all we place upon you.