In the shadows, on dark days,
when the clouds shade my heart,
be my light, Lord...
Be the the light that shines
in my corners of confusion...
Be the light to show the way
when I am lost and I'm alone...
Be a light to search me out
when I am hiding in myself...
Be as the midday sun
and warm me with your presence...
Be the full moon bright
in these long wintry nights...
When I'm wrong and stubborn,
be my light of truth;
when I'm foolish and wasteful,
be my light of wisdom;
when I dwell in sadness,
be my light of hope...
When I prefer the darkness,
when I seek and choose the shadows,
open up my heart and draw me out,
lift me up, expose my fear and with your light
heal my hurt 'til I am whole...
Brighten the darkness around me, Lord:
illumine the darkness within me,
shine through the darkness that hides me,
burn away the darkness that chills me,
shimmer in the darkness that dulls me,
gleam in the darkness that shrouds me,
sparkle in the darkness that dims my hope...
Give light to the lamp of my heart, Lord,
and let no darkness, no worry, no doubt, no fear
cast a shadow on my soul...
Give light to my lamp for the rest of this day, Lord,
and guide me through the night ahead.
Fr Austin Fleming
Used with kind permission