Lord, as we light another candle around the Advent wreath, we continue to pray for your light to shine in this season of darkness.
We pray that our fear would be pushed back as your light scatters the darkness.
Remind us of your strength so that we would not fear our affliction.
And in your strength, may we empower our afflicted brothers.
Remind us of your salvation so that we would not fear our brokenness.
And in your salvation, we may save our broken sisters.
Remind us of your comfort so that we would not fear our distress.
And in your comfort, may we comfort our neighbor in distress.
So that the shadow of fear may continually be scattered by your strength, your salvation and your comfort and the world would witness the arrival of your light through Jesus.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light,
The hopes and fears of all the years,
Are met in thee tonight.