Father God, holy protector of all who are in need, the words you place within our hearts shine like a guiding star, calling us to show the world your goodness and your grace.
Heal us with your steadfast love when we close our minds and shutter our hearts, refusing to let your brightness shine through us. You call us to protect the widows and orphans, and to car for all who have no helper. Restore us in your mercy when we put our own comfort before the needs of others, and when we are unwilling to stop the oppression and violence done in our name.
You promised to reveal your glory through us, and proclaimed that we will shine like the sun when the world is plunged into shadows. Renew us in the power of your Spirit when we refuse to follow the star you have placed before us.