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.
"Many of us are used to the idea that we might speak to God or to Jesus. Maybe at times it feels like shouting into the darkness or whatnot, but it’s not hard to do—at least as an imaginative exercise. What’s harder—even imaginatively—is to try to hear Jesus speaking to us. Are we just making things up? Are we just using Jesus as a puppet to say whatever we want to hear?" READ MORE