Friday, May 22, 2015

A Prayer for Friday, May 22, 2015

Forty-Eighth Day of Easter

O God,

We have moved seven weeks
past this year’s Easter Sunday.

We have moved two thousand years
past the first Easter Sunday.

Help us never forget, though,

that we never move past Easter,
that Easter always goes with us,
that we always live the Easter life,
that the Christ of Easter is always with us,

and

that in the Christ of Easter

we have been raised,
we are being raised, and
we will be raised.

Amen.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Prayer for Thursday, May 21, 2015

Forty-Seventh Day of Easter

O God,

Through the resurrection
of your Son Jesus Christ,
set us free from our fear of dying.

Through the resurrection
of your Son Jesus Christ,
set us free from our fear of living.

Through the resurrection
of your Son Jesus Christ,
help us to live in you until we die.

Through the resurrection
of your Son Jesus Christ,
help us to die to self until we live.

Through the resurrection
of your Son Jesus Christ,
grant us everlasting life.

Through the resurrection
of your Son Jesus Christ,
grant us abundant life.

Amen.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Prayer for Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Forty-Sixth Day of Easter

O God,

With every breath I take,
with every fragrance I smell,
with every sight I see,
with every word I speak,
with every thought I think,
with every idea I have,
with every sound I hear, and
with every texture I feel,

let me be aware of
this wonderful life that I live.

With every presence I sense,
with every dream I dream,
with every hope I have,
with every mystery I ponder,
with every future I imagine,
with every prompting I feel,
with every longing I experience, and
with every possibility I picture,

let me be aware that there is more to
this wonderful life than I can see.

With every relationship I develop,
with every conversation I share,
with every shoulder I cry on,
with every mercy I experience,
with every hand I shake,
with every neck I hug,
with every promise I keep, and
with every person I know,

let me be aware that love is what makes
this wonderful life truly wonderful.

Amen.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Prayer for Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Forty-Fifth Day of Easter

O God,

I want to live.

I don’t want to survive; I don’t want to exist; I don’t want to make it through somehow.

I want to live.

I want to live in freedom, unencumbered by guilt or fear or shame.

I want to live in community, giving and receiving in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.

I want to live in grace, motivated only by your love for me and my love for you.

I want to live in humility, gladly regarding others as better than myself and gladly giving myself up for them.

I want to live in you, knowing that my life comes from your life and so is eternal.

I want to live. I want truly to live.

Help me to live, O God . . .

Amen.

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Prayer for Monday, May 18, 2015

Forty-Fourth Day of Easter

O God,

Here we are at the beginning of another week.

It will be like our other weeks in so many ways. We have our routines and so we have our expectations.

But this week will also be different than any other week. We will experience the unexpected, the surprising, and the new; our routines will be interrupted and our expectations will be surpassed.

In all things during this week, be they routine or novel, help us to be aware of how the resurrected Christ and the life we have in him fill it all with meaning, with purpose, and with joy.

Amen.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Prayer for Sunday, May 17, 2015

Seventh Sunday of Easter

O God,

We praise you for Easter!

We praise you for Easter Sunday on which our Lord was raised from the dead.

We praise you for the Easter Season during which we continue to reflect on and to celebrate our resurrected Lord.

We praise you for the Easter realities of the ongoing presence of our resurrected Lord and of the newness of life in which we walk because of him that permeate our lives in all of our days.

We praise you for Easter!

Amen.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Prayer for Saturday, May 16, 2015

Forty-Second Day of Easter

O God,

Through the presence of your resurrected Son and of your Holy Spirit in us and among us, give us insight into the ways of real life—the ways of eternal life—as we go about living our daily lives.

Let the ways of eternal life, the ways that develop in us from our growing relationship with you, come more and more to be our ways.

Help us to gain greater insight into and to live more and more in line with the ways of grace, of mercy, of forgiveness, of compassion, of peace, and of love.

Amen.