Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday Morning Offering - 90


Image: George Mendoza

Good morning, good God!

It's Easter Monday, Lord,
and time to look back a bit...

I'm thinking of the women who came to the tomb
expecting to find you dead
but finding that you had already risen
from the dead...

I'm thinking of the apostles
hiding in fear behind locked doors...

I'm thinking of Peter,
finally making his way to the tomb
and walking away in amazement...

I'm thinking of the two disciples
walking with you on the road to Emmaus
and not recognizing you until...

Seems like your closest friends
didn't get it right away, Lord:
even when you were right in their faces
they didn't understand what had happened...

It took time for it all to sink in...

It took time for them to understand,
to believe, to act on what they believed...

It takes me time, too, Lord...

All these years,
and the message of Easter
is still sinking in, making itself known,
making itself real in my life...

I still don't understand everything about Easter:
I get the dying part
much better than I get the rising part...

I want you in my life
but sometimes I hide from you
because I'm not sure what having you in my life
will cost me...

I believe you're somehow always with me, Lord,
so I'm sure I miss you lots of times
even when you're right in my face...

So this Easter Monday morning, Lord,
I offer you the ways I hope I will begin to live Easter
more this year than ever before...

I want to learn to wrap a towel around my heart
as you wrapped a towel around your waist:
I want to have a heart wrapped in your love
and ready to serve others' needs before my own...

Help me to see how my sins added
to the burden on your shoulders
on the cross:
my sins made your load heavier...

And help me learn, Lord,
that you are always just ahead of me,
drawing me out of myself,
out of my darkness into your light,
calling me to be closer to you,
beckoning me to follow where you lead
so that I will find you
even though I know you
are always right by my side...

Help me to understand
when I don't understand, Lord;
to "get it" when I'm confused;
to take the time to let the Easter story sink in
to the depths of my mind, my heart, my life...

And because I so often miss you
when you walk with me, Lord,
open my eyes and ears and heart
to those in need around me
and help me to find you in them,
to serve you in them...

It's Easter Monday, Lord,
and I'm looking back:
draw me out of the darkness into your light,
always closer to your risen face shining upon my own...

Amen.


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4 comments:

grace said...

Very beautiful morning prayer! I found the song sung at the beginning of the Easter Vigil helped me to open my heart to the presence of God. I could feel him protecting me as we sung for his protection. That's a feeling I'd like to carry with me throughout the coming year.

michelle said...

beautiful...

I just read this morning offering now, but it is actually just as effective at the end of the day, as I reflect back on my day, on Holy Week, on Lent, on life...

thank you.

regina said...

Draw me out of the darkness into your light. These are words I needed to hear today. Thank you for a beautiful Monday offering prayer...I love the words you wrote.

Mike J said...

Thanks for your wonderful thoughts and prayer. Sometimes I am afraid that I am like the young rich man who walked away from Jesus very sadly. "Sell all that you own and come follow me," says Jesus. Help us find our true selves O Lord...so we may truly follow you.