So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. John 5:19-29
The sun pushes up through the sky
and I rise slowly and begin to walk
facing an new day a new breath of life
you have released me back to the wilds.
Another day to be trouble or kindness
a new horizon to wander off or make home
a new occasion for celebration or sin
another moment to know your loving presence.
Breath after life giving breath I draw
into my lungs and moving my heart
you instill me with courage in the dark places
and help me bend and stretch with the day.
Open my eyes that seeing I may be moved
to forgiveness and compassion to tenderness
faithfulness and good humor despite my fears
set me free from them to serve the world.
Life giver this is my morning prayer
my morning hymn of hope and desire
let my life be an offering to your love
and let my day be a light to the wanderers.
Life giver pain bearer friend forever
help me to rise up for justice and honor
to lend my hands for the vulnerable and bleak
let me live today as a song of freedom.