December 9 Prayer
I woke up to see scattered stars as luminaires fixed in the night sky
each one hand painted there by the finger of God
“Look up into the sky, the heavens.’ He says.
Who created all of these armies of stars?
‘Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not one star is missing.
He has numbered and named them all.’
I wonder how He went about it?
How the master artist painted the sky with lights
a constellation for all to see,
at all times, somewhere on the earth.
Each star, hand painted by the finger of God.
It must have been magical to see it emerge as
a painting on a black canvas.
Look up into the sky, the heavens.
God comes with comfort for his people.
He never grows tired or weak, though His heart aches with the pain and injustice He sees.
He sees, He hears, and will not grow weary in listening, in caring, in healing our land.
‘No one can ever measure the depths of His understanding.
For He will give power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
For those who wait, for those who trust.’
Look up to the sky, and gaze in wonder.
Receive his grace now to pray and wait on His spirit to come upon you,
fill you with the strength you need this day to wait.
O God of consolation, come to strengthen your people now.
O God of the constellations, we trust in your strength and creativity.
We rely upon your power and justice to be made known here on earth.
Just as you painted the sky with luminaires, would you create in us the
lights we are to become.
We open up a space for you to strengthen where we are feeling weak and powerless
today. We pray for all those who have grown weary and are waiting for the night to be day.
We will not give in or give up, but will wait and trust.
O beautiful Jesus, light of the world, we welcome your spirit here.
‘Though the vision seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.’ Hab.2:3
Come , Lord Jesus, Come.
and look up while you wait.
Shine light stars in the night!