April 7 Devotional

Opening Prayer: By the glorious resurrection of Your Divine Son, You destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)

Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10

Journal: What stones need to be rolled away in your life? What will it take?

Reflection

sometimes it takes an earthquake 
to roll the stone away
God sends his angel 
to disrupt or disturb 
to shake or quake 
our lives and our world
just enough so that 
the stone that held us captive
a prisoner trapped in the dark gloom 
of death and despair
is rolled away 
from the tomb
and we are given 
the power 
and freedom and possibility
of leaving the stench 
and decay of death behind
and stepping out into the warmth 
and light of new life
alive. risen. resurrected.
O God, let us take that step

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself 

Lucky & Sonnet Mnisi are South African and serve in Mozambique. Lucky has paAstored the Reformed Church in Mucatine, and has helped plant other churches in Gaza Province, including Chake. Lucky is a discipler of young men and has a mentoring role among those he serves. Lucky and Sonnet and their family are now living in Chokwe where Lucky pastors a church they planted. Pray today for their church family to grow in faith and learn to reach out to others in the community.

Global Media Outreach is an Internet ministry that seeks to stay on the cutting edge of emerging technologies with the intent to give everyone on earth multiple opportunities to know and follow Jesus Christ. Pray today for each person that will encounter this ministry via their website that they will choose to follow Christ.

Closing Prayer: Power of Love, shining through the risen Jesus, radiantly shine in the dark places of my pain. Let their power to infect me be broken and drawn into your heart. (Feed My Shepherds by Flora Slosson Wuellner)