God, Whose Almighty Word

God, Whose Almighty Word

God, whose almighty word
chaos and darkness heard
and took their flight:
hear us, we humbly pray,
and where the gospel day
sheds not its glorious ray,
let there be light.

Christ, who once came to bring,
on your redeeming wing,
healing and sight;
health to the troubled mind,
sight where illusions blind;
oh, now to humankind
let there be light.

Spirit of truth and love,
life-giving, holy dove,
speed forth your flight;
move on the water's face
bearing the lamp of grace,
and in earth's darkest place
let there be light.

Holy and blessed three,
glorious Trinity,
Wisdom, Love, Might:
boundless as ocean's tide,
rolling in fullest pride,
through the earth, far and wide,
let there be light.

Jesus frequently has been called "the light of the world" (John 9:4-5). As the sun lights up the world and this allows families, society, religious practices, etc., so that life might thrive, so also the light that comes from God brings a long list of things God promises to do or to prevent in a created world which also suffers from sin (darkness). Finally, note the related terms—here and throughout the Bible—light as good and important, sunlight (often used symbolically as bright or new), and Jesus the Son of God, God's light, and Jesus' freedom from sin.

Lord God, in the beginning you created the heavens and the earth. Then you said, "Let there be light" and there was light. And you saw that the light was good and you separated the light from the darkness. Among other things, you spoke and did these things for all human beings. (Genesis 1:1-5) Lead us to be thankful and to live as people of the light. Amen.

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