Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Prayer for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fourth Day of Easter

O God,

Thank you that
in Christ
our mortality is being
swallowed up
by your life.

Grant that with each passing day,
with each passing moment,
we will be becoming
more and more alive
in you.

As our bodies move
steadily toward
their death,
let us move steadily toward
your life.

Amen.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Prayer for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Third Day of Easter

O God,

Thank you that
the resurrected Christ
lives in us.

Thank you that because
he lives in us
we are being filled
with your love.

Thank you that because
we are being filled
with your love
we are becoming
less and less afraid
of life and of death
and are becoming
more and more aware
of the promise and possibilities
contained in both.

Amen.

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.