Amazing God, thank you for the eternal gift we have received through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Help us to fully understand the length, and width and depth of the grace we have received this day. Open the eyes of our soul to the new reality that this Easter event has opened for us, a reality not of hate and judgment, death and dying, but of hope, joy, peace, and everlasting life that can only come from you. You have given this gift so we may be a blessing to others, no matter who they are and what they may believe. In the world that surrounds us, our witness is even more important today. Living a life of grace empowered by your Holy Spirit does not mean that we are any better than anybody else but rather we have been entrusted with a precious gift that needs to be offered; it is your Word that is the cure for the sin-sick soul, the salve for the wounds and bitter crosses that seem sometimes to be overwhelming. We pray for those whose heart is hardened towards you, that their heart of stone may be transformed into a heart that pumps the blood of new life empowered by your Spirit. Help us to use the same power that resurrected Jesus from the dead to be a beacon of hope rather than a hammer of judgment. Cast our eyes to the hills of your never-ending love; as you hold us precious in your sight, may we also hold precious the lives you have created. Lord, our creator and redeemer, you are the answer to every trial and tribulation. May our Easter celebration never end; may our alleluias be ever upon our lips. May our prayer this day include a transformation of how we react to the events of the day and to those around us; you being the agent of change within us that sets us free from the bonds that hinder us from fully accepting you as our salvation and being in relationship with others, those with whom we agree and those that have different viewpoints than our own. If ever the world needs you, it is now. The empty tomb testifies to all who mourn that life truly continues to all who believes, as you said to Martha and is affirmed this day; “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” May our celebration be translated into outstretched hands that reach beyond ourselves to heal the sick, feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, welcome the stranger, cloth the naked, care for the sick, and visit those in prison. Thank you Jesus for the gift of your resurrection; Alleluia Amen!