Saturday, April 14, 2012
Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.” Mark 12:24-27
I am waking up in Farmington, New Mexico and aware of the awesome spiritual work we will be doing in the next coming days. After a long day of delays and such yesterday, Friday the 13th, I wasn't quite sure if I was ready to be alive again quite yet. Or at least awake. God's spirit, God's power is within each and everyone of us, but I was feeling pretty weak as I raised up my hand to turn off the alarm. We are often worn down and weary, but God is the God of the living. God is the God of the living even when I am feeling inadequate and too feeble to look alive let alone carry the love and spirit of the living God. So for today I have prepared a prayer all of us as we end the first week of Easter and grow even more into the resurrection of Christ.
Dear One God, Creator and healer of us all, help us to recognize you spirit in one another today. Help us to know we are raised up when we are worn down, filled with your spirit and love when we are on empty, and being restored even as we stumble and fall. You are with us, here in our rooms today, whether a cathedral or a shack, a chapel or a coffee house,you are with us as we breathe in and out and will never abandon us. Help to use the gifts we have been given, help us to see your gifts and blessings in others and make us strong even in our weakness, even at the very brokenness of our humanity. Reach out and bless us all today with strength for the weak, faith for the falling, compassion for the angry and love for us all. In the name of Jesus who was human that we may truly know God with us, and who died so that we might fully live. Amen