Monday, April 21, 2014

A Prayer for Monday, April 21, 2014

Second Day of Easter

O God,

Thank you that we walk
in newness of life
because the risen Christ
dwells in us.

Make us ever aware
of his presence
through which
we know life and love.

Help us to celebrate
the life we have through him
and to practice
the love we have through him.

Amen.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Prayer for Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday

O God,

We praise you for the wonder and glory of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Let the reality of resurrection take deep root in our lives; let it grow in us so that it becomes the all-pervasive influence in us.

Help us to live lives that are progressively becoming freer and freer of the anxiety that accompanies our mortality.

Lead us in that freedom to live boldly, to trust fully, and to love completely.

Cause us to live in the world as carriers of resurrection life and love …

Amen.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Prayer for Saturday, April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday/Last Day of Lent

O God,

As we reflect upon the body of Jesus closed up in his tomb, lead us to ask ourselves how we have tried to put him away, about how we have tried to close him off from our lives.

Have we put him away out of respect, thinking that he is too holy for us to bear and that his ways are too challenging for us to face?

Have we put him away out of fear, afraid of what he might see and of what he might say if he gains access to every corner of our lives?

Have we put him away out of despair, figuring that there is nothing he or anyone else can do about the state of the world or of our lives?

Have we put him away out of disbelief, figuring that he is not who they say he is and that he has no real relevance to our lives?

O God, give us courage today to face the ways that we try to keep Jesus safely closed away; show us that our efforts to keep him in his tomb serve only to keep us in ours.

Even though we, unlike those who put him in his tomb all those years ago, know what is coming tomorrow, prepare us to be surprised and even shocked, to be amazed and even overwhelmed …

Amen

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Prayer for Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday/Thirty-Ninth Day of Lent

O God,

It is the day of the crucifixion of your Son Jesus.

Help us to contemplate his suffering.

Help us to know better what it means

to be crucified with him,
to take up our cross and follow him,
to live a life with the cross at its center,

and

to embrace our suffering as a way to share in his suffering and
to take the suffering of others onto ourselves

for your sake and for their sake.

Help us to know nothing today but Jesus Christ crucified.

Amen.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Prayer for Thursday, April 17, 2014

Maundy Thursday/Thirty-Eighth Day of Lent

O God,

Teach us today what we need to know

of community,
of fellowship,
of betrayal,
of denial,
of humility,
of service, and
of love.

Amen.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Prayer for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday of Holy Week/Thirty-Seventh Day of Lent

O God,

When we think—when we really think—of all that you have done and of how far you have gone to reveal yourself to us, to enter into relationship with us, and to be with us, we are amazed.

How can we do other than respond to your great acts of making yourself known to us and of showing your love for us with our grateful efforts to open our lives up to you and to respond to your love and commitment with our love and commitment?

And yet we so often fail not only to think constantly of you but to think of you at all.

Forgive us for our ingratitude and for our inattention.

Help us to remember that you are here with us; help us to celebrate your love for us; help us to follow the promptings of your grace and the leadership of your Spirit; help us to think more about you so that we can move toward thinking always about you.

Amen.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Prayer for Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday of Holy Week/Thirty-Sixth Day of Lent

O God,

Remind us that to affirm that you exist is only a starting point; remind us that such affirmation is only the first step in a life-long journey of following you.

Thank you that we can move beyond mental assent to your existence and on to a vibrant relationship with you that permeates every aspect of our lives.

Help us to live in light of the facts of your gracious and loving presence with us, in us, and among us.

You abide in us and we abide in you; remind us to maintain an ongoing conversation with you that we might better know you and might better follow your guidance.

Amen.