Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness

Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
In July I served as "chaplain" for a week-long senior high servant trip through the NJ synod, serving communities struggling after Hurricane Sandy. One day we worked with Sandy Warriors, a grassroots group that organizes neighborhood cleanups. There we were, during the hottest week of the summer, sweeping and scraping dirt and debris under the brutal sun, and in the span of about 20 minutes, three different people who lived nearby offered us ice-cold water.

Then we met Rose, an 85 year old resident of that street, who told us her story. Some of us weeded her yard, which she could not do on her own. Before we left, we prayed together with Rose, led by an intern pastor who had just started her internship year two weeks before.

As God used us to quench the burning need in this community, God used the people we served to quench our thirst. Praise the One who makes us one.

Our God of light, I pray that you use me to help break the darkness of the world in what little way that I can, and that my eyes would be opened to see how others are also breaking the darkness in me, so that we may all be one in you. Amen.
Praise the one who breaks the darkness
with a liberating light.
Praise the one who frees the prisoners,
turning blindness into sight.
Praise the one who preached the Gospel,
healing every dread disease,
calming storms and feeding thousands
with the very bread of peace.

Praise the one who blessed the children
with a strong yet gentle word.
Praise the one who drove out demons
with a piercing two-edged sword.
Praise the one who brings cool water
to the desert's burning sand.
From this well comes living water,
quenching thirst in every land.

Praise the one true love incarnate:
Christ who suffered in our place.
Jesus died and rose for many
that we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness,
seeing what our God has done.
Praise the one redeeming glory,
praise the One who makes us one.

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