by Carol Cook Moore
How can we express the profound joy of our hearts?
You, Holy One, you are the one who rolls away the stone,
empties the tomb, and rises from hell to proclaim:
Life! Love! Justice! Peace!
Alleluia! With the women we run
To share the joy of this day.
With Peter we swim to the shore
To taste the mercy of divine love.
With the disciples on the way to Emmaus,
We see you in the breaking of the bread.
Alleluia! Fill us with faith that will not take death for the answer.
Fill us with love that will not allow defeat.
Fill us with the ways of justice that will not quit
when redemption seems so far away.
Fill us with peace that perseveres
when brokenness and violence swarm.
Today, we live resurrection.
Today, we sing, shout, and pray, Alleluia!
Christ is risen. Glory to God. Amen.
Permission is granted for use in corporate setting. Copyright © 2012 The Upper Room. Used with permission.
Carol Cook Moore is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and a member of the Oklahoma Annual Conference. She is currently working on a collection of writings on the topic of encountering grace in the midst of grief. In addition to teaching courses in worship, preaching, and designing worship, Carol enjoys gardening, beaching, and preparing family feasts.
"God comes to the woman who feels in exile in her own marriage. To the man who grieves the loss of life dreams. To the child who lives on the street. To the parents who struggle to feed and clothe their children. To the one whose loneliness or depression intensifies every Christmas." Click to watch video.