God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
Sacred Art: Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA, designed by Craig W. Hartman, 2005-2008. [CC/Wikipedia]
Today, I'm praying for all those trapped in darkness...for the oppressed, the abused, the impoverished, the dejected and lonely, the elderly who have no one to care for them and the persecuted. Direct their steps, O Lord, so they can leave the darkness and walk in your light.