New Beginnings [An Easter Prayer]

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Good and gracious God,

As people around the world
gather to remember and celebrate
the death and resurrection
of Jesus the Christ,
may we not forget to honor
the life and teachings of Jesus.

What he taught us,
was what he would show us
on Easter:
That with Love,
there are no endings.
That with Love,
hope is never lost.

With that thought,
with that knowledge,
with that reality,
on our minds
and in our spirits,
we pause and remember
those who do believe
that all hope is lost,
that they are forgotten,
alone,
despised,
worthless…
that there is nothing
good left for them,
or so little
that there is no joy in life.

We lift up
those who are abused,
bullied,
ignored,
alone,
sick,
grieving,
depressed,
unhappy,
stuck,
overwhelmed,
dying,
crying,
lost,
seeking…
whatever their struggle,
bring into their lives
the reality of Easter
and may we learn
to be
your hands and your feet –
the face of Christ –
in their lives.

And when it is us,
who are in need of
the new life of which
Easter reminds us,
teach us to be open
to those who are seeking
to share that grace and love with us.

We give thanks this day
for the Easter promise of
New life,
New beginnings,
and New hope.

Amen.

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