Christ, Be Our Light

What a wonderful evening last night turned out to be. The collection of Christ followers that I have been blessed to hang out with this past year or so met to have a worship service. In lieu of a Christmas Eve service, we decided to get together on the longest night of the year and to meditate on the waiting aspect of advent. It was a rather somber gathering. The lights were out save a few in the halls for logistic purposes.

There were several candles lit and as the service progressed the advent candles added to the limited light, but it was still rather dark. There were some meaningful readings and several songs sung. I must say that I have never worshiped with a group who could sing like these people. Along with a couple of the songs were simple flute, cello and piano accompaniment, but most of the singing was a capella. Did I mention these people can sing.

The service ended with everyone making their way up front to pick up a candle and light it before gathering around the space where we were worshipping. Throughout this candle lighting everyone was singing “Silent Night”. Call me old fashion, but I do so enjoy a good candle lighting. However, it was earlier in the service when we sang “Christ, Be Our Light” that I was profoundly moved. We sung the song as a prayer — as a haunting prayer of longing anticipation. Even now as I recall last evening I am again moved.

Christ, Be Our Light

Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has power to save us.
Make us your living voice.

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone.

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

© 1993, Bernadette Farrell. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.