One of my favorite new Easter hymns…
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
This morning I got up for a run – hoping for at least 85 to 90 miles in April. I’m going have to work hard to do it. It was 45 degrees when I started, but today was one of those quick warm-up days. By the end of the run it was 60 and felt like a mid-summer morning run. I stopped at 7-Eleven after my run. The woman who checked me out asked, “Did you have a good run?” I replied, “Yes, it was a good run.” We talked about how the weather changed over the last hour. What I thought was cool about the exchange was is that she didn’t ask if I had a good jog, but a good run. I will admit that I am not the fastest runner these days and it really looks like a jog. Most non-runners think it is simply jogging, so it was really cool that she asked me how my run went. It made my day.
O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen.
Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with awe the Paschal feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.