Holy God, from you we receive the gift of light: the light of first creation – sunlight and starlight; the light that shines in the darkness, the light that guides us when we are lost, the light that warms us when we are afraid, the firelight of Pentecost that inspires the church with your Holy Spirit. Remind us of the truth of your light, and its purity. Keep us from following other lights. The neon lights of materialism will not satisfy us in the end. Nor the spotlights of fame and success. It is only your light which is the pathway to a meaningful life; it is only your light which leads us towards our true home. Amen.
(Photo of an ancient worship site in Sebastia, Samaria, Palestine – perhaps the burial site of John the Baptist)