Heavenly Father, our hope is in you alone. When we see our sin and failures we recognise their murkiness like the darkest of nights. Lord, we look to you, we wait, we long for the shadows to fade away, but without you we are in the darkest, most insurmountable pit. Father, thank you for the coming of Christ, and with him the dawning of your wonderful forgiveness, the flooding light of your redemption. You have redeemed us, bringing us out of the pit and setting us in your presence. Please shape us now for your pleasure and for our good.