April 14, 2020

Published April 15, 2020 by St Matthews Lutheran Church in Daily Message

Look up and all around today; notice what is good, life-giving and hope-inspiring. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Living Lutheran Prayer Ventures, April 14, 2020

The verse quoted in the prayer ventures for today is from Psalm 118, the appointed reading for Easter Sunday. In a time when so many are suffering, it can be difficult to find reasons for rejoicing. Here are some things to think about:

  • Have you been focused on good news or bad news lately? 
  • When we find ourselves in the midst of global pandemic, how should we balance the joy of Easter with our need to be honest about the bad news and dangers? 
  • What has some good news been from your week?  What has been the bad news?

These are some of the questions provided in the ELCA’s site for young people called Faith Lens. It’s too easy sometimes to forget the reasons for hope when we’re surrounded with the latest statistics about number of new cases of CoVid19, death rates rising, and continued physical distancing mandates.

The church proclaims the risen Christ and with that, God’s redemption of all creation. Take a moment to rejoice in relationships even though they are virtual at the moment.

Rejoice in the rain that brings the green of spring. Give thanks for a new morning and for the gift of being called in Christ to serve our neighbors.

Let us pray.

We give you thanks, O God, for the gift of your creation, for the gift of life, for your call and claim on our lives. Grant us faith to know your gracious purpose in all things,

give us joy in them, and lead us to the building up of your kingdom; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.