Before the light of Epiphany fades,
before we don the ashes of Lent,
O Jesus we pray:
light a light for us.
Light a light for us that is brighter
than our vanities and fabricated pleasures.
Light a light that is stronger than our fears and our faith.
Light a light for us, O Jesus, for we are flailing in the dark,
injuring one another as we grope for some
certainty and assurance along our way.
Light a light that blazes in brilliance and proves
the shadows in our lives to be fleeting and insidious.
Light such a light, we pray with longing.
Light a light for us
that leads us to peace.