Easter, Day 11

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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 75

We praise you, God, we praise you, for you are near; people tell of your wonderful deeds. You say, “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity. When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.

To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not blast your trumpets. Do not blast them against heaven; do not speak so defiantly.’ ”No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves.

It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.

Prayer

• for governments, leaders, and the needs of our world

• for those living in Asia

• for areas and issues of racial strife


Evening

Reading: 1 Peter 1

Though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials, these have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in honor as Jesus Christ is revealed.

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with transcendence, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, your salvation.

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

Gracious God, I confess that the good gift of my free will bends away from you, its maker. I pray for your resurrection power to turn it back to you, God. Spiritually revive, heal, and reform me so that instead of resistance to your lead and rebellion against your word there is genuine faith and ready obedience. Help me to know my true freedom is fully restored only in obedience and service to you. 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