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a prayer for Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday prayer

O Lord,
How amazing is your love,  A love that overcomes, endures and redeems.
How astounding is your life, A life that sustains, heals and creates.
How awesome is your hope ,A hope that promises, restores and inspires.
How absorbing is your truth, A truth that releases, changes and rebuilds.

How we worship you, as we remember the moment when your love conquered.
When out of the cave of sorrow Jesus arose to release forgiveness to the world.
And each time we encounter this resurrection day we are again lifted to an eternal place.
Our sin, brokenness and darkness fall away and your light and peace flood our lives.
How we thank you for this incredible celebration we call Easter.

Amen.

kissing the earth with our feet

Thich Nhat Hanh ..*:

In a world becoming more fragmented each day this is a gentle reminder that we need to be more conscious of the earth that sustains us. Our relationship with each other begins with our relationship with nature and our environment. We ignore both at our peril.

God is awake

Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. – Victor Hugo

One of the attributes of those who care enough to act is a deep-seated sense of responsibility. I will be the first to say that a sense of responsibility is a good thing.

However, a strong sense of responsibility is often accompanied by the great temptation to bear the entire load of responsibility alone. And there is nothing good or noble about that. It can actually be debilitating.

The old African proverb gets to the heart of the matter. “If you want to go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk together.”

Working together is the path to accomplishing great deeds in any field. Sharing the work lightens our load, and just as importantly, it allows others to contribute. And that’s a good thing.

But, at the end of the day, as Hugo writes, we can go to sleep in peace. The Creator of the entire universe, the God who sustains each of us and the world we call home, is awake.

We do not have to carry the burdens of the work alone.  We don’t have to shoulder all the responsibility.

God is awake.

what does love look like?

I am constant in my admonitions that we are fooling ourselves if we claim to love God and do not love one another. This is biblical, and has been the subject of thousands of sermons down through the centuries.

There can be no love of God without our loving those around us whose needs and whose sorrows are ever before us. No amount of prayer, bible study or worship can get us around that simple fact. Loving God means loving those closest to us.

What does that love look like? Saint Augustine put it this way:

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

Each of us has the opportunity to demonstrate that love to others. Every one of us can reach out and change someone’s life for the better before the day is done. All of us can help heal our broken world today, and in so doing, we can become the answer to the question: “what does love looks like?”

Oh, and when we do, we won’t need to talk about how much we love God. We will be demonstrating it.