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.
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.
God, thank you for the capacity to dream, to imagine what could be, to look beyond ourselves and this time—the now. God, teach us to live in gratitude for this gift, so we may not only dream but also realize and come to know more loving ways, the flourishing of creation, your justice and peace— a world more reflective of your beautiful reign.
O God, how tricky it can be to change, to turn away from comforting habits that harm snd to welcome a better way with all its unfamiliarity and strangeness. God, teach us to trust in your ways even when our bodies, hearts, and minds say no. Help us find the “yes” we hold— the “yes” implanted in our souls.