An Aftermath Prayer
Holy God, You defeated doubt and death on Easter morning. You turned the world of what is possible and impossible upside down. You gave us Resurrection.
Now comes the aftermath.
In the aftermath of many things in life we often fail to follow through with our joy, our intentions, our beliefs, our commitment. On that first Easter day some of Jesus’ followers struggled to believe. In the aftermath their tests were many.
God of Easter we count on You in all the days after, when Easter joy fades and circumstances challenge our faith.
In the aftermath of hurricanes across the Caribbean nations, the United States and it’s territories, help us not to forget the work of rebuilding and long recovery.
In the aftermath of refugees escaping Syria, Libya, Eritrea and Myanmar help us not to forget their need for peace and freedom from fear.
In the aftermath of families torn apart by immigration policies help us not to forget their love for each other and your love for the world.
In the aftermath of gun violence help us not to forget our stewardship of life.
In the aftermath of a martyrs assassination 50 years ago and as the tolling of the Clayborn Temple bell echos around the world help us not to forget that the work of freedom and justice calls us.
In the aftermath of misrule in Zimbabwe and Venezuela help us not to forget the yearnings of people to live free.
In the aftermath of religious persecution in China, North Korea and Pakistan help us not to forget the sacred in each worshipper.
In the aftermath of plant closings, wag discrimination, downsizing and outsourcing, help us not to forget that all work has dignity, that all workers need and deserve respect.
In the aftermath of atrocities and continuation of the horrendous civil wars in Sudan and Burkina Faso and Yemen help us not to forget the Prince of Peace who lives still.
In the aftermath of age-old enmity in the Balkans and in the Middle East help us not to forget the truth of Amazing Grace.
In the aftermath of this life, in this age, we pray that we experience your Emmaus-like presence and find our “hearts burning within us” (Luke 24:32-33), compelling us to declare “It is true. The Lord has risen.”
In our aftermath may we live the Good News. Amen.