April 4, 2021

Christ Is Alive

He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 33:14
From last Easter to this one has been a long, weary slog through time—not for one person or a single nation, but for the entire earth. We are tired of disease and loneliness, and more than once many of us have asked where God is in all this. But have we forgotten the cross? Do we remember that Christ is present with us—no, identifies with us—even in our deepest pain? Even before the crucifixion, it was Jesus who said, Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

We are nearing the end of a trial, the likes of which few of us have experienced. And despite our doubts and fears, God's people have renewed their faith during this pandemic. We have heard God's call, drawn closer to one another, and through love of God and neighbor, have found Christ in unexpected places. Though there is still much to do to get past the current crisis, we can nonetheless rest in the knowledge that, because Christ is alive, death for us has lost its sting.

In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.
 John 14:19
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Almighty God, through the rising of your Son from the grave, you broke the power of death and condemned death itself to die. As we celebrate this great triumph, may we also make it the model for our living. Help us to identify in our lives all that should rightly die—redundant relationships, tired habits, fruitless longings. Resurrect in our lives faith, hope, and love, as surely as you raised Jesus Christ from the grave.
 Common Order, Church of Scotland
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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