Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!
With these words we greet each other in this Easter Season! Christ has been risen from death! Life is yours through Christ’s work. The last enemy death has been defeated. There is for you the promise of life restored. In the Gospel of John we are told, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
This is the source of eternal life. The knowledge of God and of His Son Jesus Christ is itself a source of unspeakable and eternal joy. The salvation purchased by Christ on Good Friday, and given to those who believe, is called life. In this Easter season, we celebrate the gift of life. Jesus completed the work the Father sent Him to do. Our life is now expressed in learning of Jesus and sharing His life with others.
Planting season is once again upon us. We pray for seasonable weather as area farmers enter their fields. We petition the Lord of the living harvest for an abundant harvest which will feed a hungry world.
We pray for our service men and women overseas who stand in harm’s way. We pray for police and fire personnel who are first responders when trouble arrives.
We pray for all who travel that they may return from their journeys safe and unharmed and that their homecomings may be joyful.
We pray that in all things begun continued and ended our Lord would direct and sustain us. May we be a a haven of peace, a harbor of hope, a house of prayer coming boldly to the throne room of grace with our petitions and our needs.