Just when it seems that all is lost,

that our brokenness, our failure, has gone too far,

You call a new day to dawn.


Just when it feels like hope is foolish,

that darkness and despair are the only true realities,

You call the sun to rise.


Just when we think we’re alone and abandoned,

that life is nothing but pain and emptiness and meaninglessness,

You arrive among us again.


God of Advent and of Restoration,

we praise you for every new day

that absorbs the darkness;

for every rising sun

that calls the night to end;

for every messenger of hope and forgiveness

that baptises us with your love.