Wondrous and Mighty God, this is the day we wait for all year. Soon the different time zones of this world will each begin to awaken to the glory of Easter day. Around the globe, the friends and followers of Jesus will discover what Mary saw so long ago -- he is not dead. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
As the alleluias are shouted and the praise is offered, O God, help each of us to remember those for whom the shadows of Friday have not yet been lifted. Grant your comfort and strength to those who live with war, hunger, poverty and abuse. Help each one of us to be the hands and feet of Christ in this troubled world. Open our eyes so that we too can see you in the people who most need your love and grace.
God, I love this day and the special energy that surrounds it. I love the full churches and voices filling every corner of sanctuaries everywhere. I love the connectedness to generations of believers who have gathered to praise you over the years. It is a time of celebration. I confess to you, most Gracious One, that I'm almost too exhausted to enjoy it. My body and mind are all but spent. I suspect that many of my colleagues feel the same way. Grant us that awesome burst of energy that can only come from the Holy Spirit, that all of us might celebrate with full hearts and overflowing joy.
Bless our congregations, the faithful every-week attenders and the poinsettia & lily crowd too. Bless us all, as we raise up the proclamation of the day -- Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!