Christ be my light

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         Jesus said, “The Human One must undergo great suffering,
         and be rejected and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
         Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers,
         let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
         …Now about eight days after these sayings
         Jesus went up on the mountain to pray.
         And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed,
         and his clothes became dazzling white.
         Moses and Elijah were talking to him of his exodus,
         which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
         …A cloud overshadowed them, and from it came a voice that said,
         “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”

                  —from Luke 9.22-35

Christ, the Crucified One,
         be my light.

The radiance of your gentleness
         light my way.

The light of your self-giving
         show me my path.

Your nonviolence be my way
         through the sea of this world’s terror.

Your tender love be the law
         you give me on the mountain.

Your healing touch be the prophetic Word
         you blaze in me.

The light of your compassion
         guide my way in doing justice.

Your dying and rising
         show me the way.

Your radiant presence
         be the light by which I see.

Your gentle mercy
         be my path.

Christ, the Loving One,
         be my light.


Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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