A Prayer for Easter

Weeping comes for a night, but joy comes in the morning, O God of power and might.

Death has been defeated and we shout Alleluia!

Let all that we do today be a prayer of praise.

For many of us, it is an Easter just like the others, with Easter bonnets and Sunday best, with the ringing of bells and hymns of joy, with the preparing of meals and gathering around tables and hunting for eggs…

But let this be an Easter like no other. Let us see and hear with resurrection eyes and ears.

Let us discern signs of new life in the usual places—a new baby, the beauty of nature; and in unusual places… who knows where we might find you if we but look?

It is daunting to be resurrection people even as we read and watch the news— news of continued violence, poverty, suffering and despair. We drink in these stories with our morning coffee, day after day, and wonder where the Easter’s gone.

One year ago we celebrated your resurrection, and it seems little has changed in our world since then— Easter seems an idle tale in the wake of lives destroyed by war, children abused, a creation spoiled, and endless bickering among our leaders— too much hand-wringing and too little willingness to do the difficult things.

Close to home, we know loved ones who have felt the sting of death in their families; people who struggle to survive the loss of a job, people entombed by depression or a crippling illness.

Yes, resurrection eyes are not blind to pain. Resurrection ears are not deaf to cries of suffering.

But resurrection people see your goodness that outlasts and overpowers any darkness we can experience or concoct.

Easter is the climax of the story, but not the end. You alone can roll away the stone, but we are called to run, and tell: “We have seen the Lord! Come and follow! Believe, and live!”

If we don’t, who will? Resurrect us, O God of new life—resurrect us from our complacency and fear. You have the power to do it.