Today is literally the darkest day of the year—the day with the least amount of sunlight.
However, for many people, darkness is not just a metaphor or inconvenience; darkness is real. Just this morning, people I know and care about who gather at the Reeb Avenue Center have shared with me that they have received an eviction notice, went to court for a custody battle, have been through abuse, and are estranged from their family. Darkness is pervasive.
For those living in darkness of many kinds, let us offer these prayers from the Book of Common Prayer:
For the Poor and the Neglected
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Victims of Addiction
O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen