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“I will turn the darkness before them into light,

    the rough places into level ground.

These are the things I will do,

    and I will not forsake them.”

Isaiah 42:16b (NRSV)


God of Hope and Light,

You call us to be love, to manifest your presence within us, and to walk humbly with you. But it’s not always easy to love; it’s not always easy to remember your presence; and, humility sometimes requires more courage, grace, and strength than we can muster. Still, you promise to be with us. So through these 40 days of Prayer, may we be ever more intentional to this covenant relationship, so that our lives may truly be an offering of hope and light in a dark and hurting world. Amen.

-Kendra Fredrickson-Laouini, Claremont School of Theology

Beginning December 12 and moving daily through January 20, members of the National Council of Churches and all communion partners join in praying for hope, unity, and healing. During this Advent/Christmas season and into the New Year we put our hope in the ability and desire of God, through Jesus Christ, to heal and transform hearts and minds. We look for the Holy Spirit to breathe God’s newness into individual lives, faith communities, the soul of our nation, indeed, the whole world.