Eternal God, today, we remember that when all seemed lost, you appeared before us in a new way. When hope was gone, you resurrected it. When your presence seemed to be buried, you resurrected it. When Life laid beneath the ground, you resurrected it. And so, we rejoice in your power to endure and in your spirit that remains. Amen.
Good Friday O God, it’s tempting to minimize the significance of this night. Especially for us who know resurrection hope, it’s tempting to skip ahead to less painful realities. It’s tempting to stand at the periphery and observe it from afar as if it has nothing to do with our daily life. But people are still wounded today. We have wounds. People still walk the streets traumatized. We are traumatized. People still know deep pain and sorrow. We know it. When we are in pain, traumatized, struggling, we can’t just skip to a happy ending. So we sit with the weight of this day, and trust that you are there with us. May we find the Christ-like courage to endure. Amen.
Maundy Thursday O God, just when we're ready to diminish the meaning of love, Jesus challenges us to redefine it. As we're misusing the word and "falling in love" with trends, bad habits, and material things, Jesus foregoes words altogether and embodies a new way. He bends down and washes the tired feet of those gathered. He gives undivided attention to each soul he encounters and shows us the way of compassion and humble service. Knowing this, how could we go back to our old ways of loving? O God, help us move forward in love and explore the depths of what that means. Amen.
O God, I begin this week with the intention To be still and know that you are God. When I sense your Spirit near… Be still… When things don’t go my way… Be still… When my body holds stress… Be still… When gratitude enlivens my spirit… Be still… As I share time with others, As I worship, As I pray, As I join in conversation, As I go about my day, I will try, Oh, I will try to remember, To breathe, be still, and know, That you, O God, are God, Infinitely knowable God. I begin this week with the intention To be still and know that you are God. Psalm 46:10
O God, you know my recent frustrations, And you know the frustrations far bigger than mine. I pause and think of some of those big frustrations And the people they impact the most. Sometimes it helps to gain a little perspective. But, sometimes it helps just to know that you know the frustrations we face—big or small.