Prayer for a Community Holiday Tree Lighting

A prayer at the lighting of the community holiday lights.

God of light and life,

In the darkness of winter, you bring cheer to our hearts with the lighting of these trees. May your light shine within our hearts throughout these days, and fill us, I pray, with the hope of peace on Earth and good will to all.

Let your blessing rest upon each one standing guard here on Freedom’s Frontier, and bring comfort to all of those who are separated this holiday season from those they love.

I also pray that your Spirit might strengthen and protect our brothers and sisters in arms who tonight are deployed to even more lonely and dangerous places throughout the world, sacrificing so much to achieve a measure of that peace we seek. Sustain them and their families through every difficult day.

Make us all, I pray, instruments your more perfect peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.