God, we prefer to run away from you. Shame and shadows trail us, eclipse us. Yet you pursue and search for us, even as we cover ourselves and hide from you, feeling uncertain and unworthy. It's hard to believe and understand that shame and death and illness do not undo us; that you give us the Light of the World, Jesus. Brighten our sight, dispel shadows and shame with your cleansing, honest light. As you invite us into your kingdom, help us to see and stand in your truth. Amen.