God of Easter and beyond, You have dared us to take Your story “from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria to the ends of the earth.” You have asked us to lay claim to the world in the name of Love, and You are Love. It is with Your call that we expand the borders of our prayers.
We tremble, sometimes with fear, sometimes with anger, when we apply Your sacred remembrance to:
- the people of The Central African Republic torn apart, like so many others, by divisions masquerading as faith;
- to the people of Ukraine, even Russia, who find daily life enflamed by raw nationalism;
- to the people of all the Arab Springs who do not want to surrender their hopes;
- to people in the U.S.A. who weary of the stink of racism that overwhelms even the simplest of stories.
May we all be better than we settle for being. May we truly be re-made in Your image.
Holy God, we are limited by our attention span. But You are the God of every nook and cranny of all the forgotten and overlooked. With You no one is unknown or insignificant.
In Your name help us
to be aware,
to “go into all the world” with the very boldness of hope with which You greatly commissioned those first disciples.
Loving God, we rejoice in the euphoria of Easter that is with us still. Now grant us Your second touch so that we can see clearly our post-Easter world that awaits our touch. Amen.