Easter, Day 9

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Today’s morning and evening meditations are available here in both audio and script formats. The audio version is also available to download for free on the player.


Morning

Invitation

“Thanks be to God. He has given us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Reading: Psalm 73

Surely God is good to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw their prosperity.

When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a like a animal before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my inheritance forever.

Prayer

• for our role as caretakers of creation

• for the wise stewardship of our physical resources

• for our personal commitment to care for creation


Evening

Reading: John 20:24-29

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Remind yourself that you are in God’s presence as you read the passage again. Notice how God might be speaking to you through the words. Dwell on a word or phrase that jumps out at you. Let your heart respond to God in prayer.

Prayer

Father of mercies, like Thomas, I offer you my often skeptical and stumbling heart. And like him, I depend on you to give the gift of faith. Though I do not touch your wounds, let your word and sacraments be faith’s sense of touch, which will quench my doubt and stir my faith. Amen. (CD)

Blessing

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

 

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About Easter

Beginning on Easter Day and concluding on the Day of Pentecost, this season celebrates the resurrection and ascension of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.


Abbreviations

BC Belgic Confession

CD Canons of Dort

HC Heidelberg Catechism

WC Westminster Confession

WLC Westminster Larger Catechism

WSC Westminster Shorter Catechism