A Prayer for Sunday

Last Sunday the choir sang a song during Communion that was truly beautiful. A friend of mine joined me for church who has not attended in years, and he cried all the way through the song. It was a moment that went beyond the words, but Charles Wesley’s words never cease to move me, and I offer it as a prayer for this Sunday:

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only Light, Sun of Righteousness,
Arise, triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near, Daystar, in my heart appear.
Dark and cheerless is the morn unaccompanied by thee.

Joyless is the day’s return, till thy mercy’s beams I see,
Til they inward light impart, glad my eyes, and warm my heart.
Visit then this soul of mine, pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
fill me, radiancy divine, scatter all my unbelief,
more and more thyself display, shining to the perfect day.

Amen.

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