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I pray today Lord, for people who are suffering from depression. Help them to hold on in the darkness and the seemingly endless emptiness. Give them things to do that will keep their minds focussed on something outside of themselves and their little world. Let them know that you always love and cherish them. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN
Lord, I pray today for the families who have children who are handicapped in any way. Help the parents to be especially strong and deeply caring as they try to live with all the trying consequences of their unwanted situation. Give them courage and perseverance, endurance and faith in yourself. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN
Lord God Almighty, praise be to you, and praise be to Jesus Christ that on this Easter Day you raised him from the dead and that now he is alive for evermore. Thank you that this is the gospel you have given us and it transforms our whole approach to life. Thank you that Jesus accompanies us throughout our whole journey. In Christ – AMEN
“They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon’”.
Lk 24:33, 34 NIV
There is a saying – usually handy for criminals in movies – that goes, “Dead men tell no tales”. As far as the enemies of Jesus were concerned, his death was the end of the matter and now everyone could get back to business. The business of power and the power of business could revert to their normal ways. But they had overlooked one small matter – God. He should never be discounted or written off. He has a habit of making a nuisance of himself when people do this.
And, of course God had turned the world upside down. Only he had done something that wasn’t easy and straightforward to accept. Amending the movie cliché somewhat Jerusalem was wrestling with the fact that “Dead men don’t rise”. But one had. Several people had seen him. Others were telling the tale around the city. The two people from Emmaus had scampered back and had told their story to the disciples. Then they heard it. The great news was that Simon had seen him. That settled it. No further evidence was needed. If they had met him and he had appeared to Simon then it had to be true.
Doubters and sceptics down the centuries have poured cold water on the story. Some people have believed and doubted alternately. But a whole religion involving billions can hardly have survived for two thousand years unless there was “something in it”. But it is as true today as ever it was in Jerusalem all those centuries ago.
Lord, help me to believe the resurrection and never to doubt.
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