April 17, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and the members of the Extended Cabinet are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.
You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
That is what we call you, for you indeed are unlimited in power, or so we confess. In this season of Easter, we recall the mighty deeds, the things you have done in Jesus. We recall that, just as you raised Israel out of Egypt, you raised Jesus from the grave. And yet … we read the stories of those who encountered your Son after he was raised. We see their reactions to the risen Christ. We see Mary, weeping by the empty tomb, eyes so filled with tears she is unable to recognize him. Only when he speaks is she able to see clearly. Sometimes, God, it feels like that now. Tear-filled eyes, over-worried brains, anxiety-ridden days that get in the way of seeing Jesus clearly, if at all. We see the Beloved Disciple and Peter, running to the empty tomb upon hearing the news. The Beloved Disciple is ready to accept the truth: He is Risen! Peter is not so sure, and walks away, needing something more. Sometimes God, it feels that. For some of us, we are ready to shout: He is Risen? But some of us walk away unsure, unsteady. We see the 10, minus Thomas, gathered in fear. Mary has told them, but they still need assurances. And Jesus comes, not bothered by the locked door or their fear or their doubt. But once Jesus is with them, all is well. “We have seen the Lord!” they exclaim. Sometimes God, it feels like that. We are ready to believe. We want to believe. Others have told us we can believe. But we need you to come. Come, Lord Jesus. We see Thomas, who has heard the news from his brothers and sisters. And yet … he still is not ready to believe. He must see you, He must touch you. He must have first-hand proof. Sometimes it feels like that. Give us a sign, Lord. And yet … Almighty God, we know there is one more group you are inviting respond. The group beyond the pages. The generations to come. The Church Universal. Us. Today. Jesus says, “Blesses are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” No greater praise could be given. Lord, help our unbelief.
By Rev. Rick McKinley, Director of Congregational Development Scripture: John 20: 1-12