Prayers for Lent 2023

Our prayers for this Lent have been written by Christine Chapman.

Ash Wednesday

Almighty God and Father,

on this first day of Lent we pause to think afresh

about our faith – about you, our God – and about ourselves:

We know that you love us – and long for us to respond.

–  that you long to heal us and make us whole.

We know that you sent your beloved Son into the world

to deal with what is wrong in us, to suffer rejection

and an agonising, humiliating death.

But – we find it difficult to realise such love for us.

Such pure sacrificial love is beyond our understanding.  

Lord, help us, this Lent, to offer you the sacrifice

of a little time each day to worship you

and wonder at the mystery of your redeeming act through Jesus Christ.

Thursday 23 February

Lord God, sometimes, when we read the Old Testament

we think of you as an angry God to be feared.

But we can see how you were angry with your people:

We did not behave as humans created in your image;

we have not cared for the beautiful world you created;

we have not lived by your commandments.

We read in Genesis that your heart was full of pain

and that you were sorry that you had created humans.

Lord, we are sorry.  We can’t seem to help ourselves.

Help us to accept that only you can help us –

through your loving sacrifice and your Holy Spirit.

Friday 24 February

Dear Lord, You were always a God of love to those in the Old Testament

who worshipped you, like the prophets and psalmists:

Hear one of the prayers of King David:

‘Praise the Lord, O my soul;  all my inmost being, praise his holy name…

who forgives all your sins and heals your diseases,

and crowns you with love and compassion;

who redeems your life from the pit;

who satisfies your desires with good things

so that your youth is renewed like the eagles’…

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.’

(from Psalm 103)

Holy Spirit, lift up our hearts to praise you for loving us

just as we are and for longing for us to love you back

Saturday 25 February

Jesus, you summarised God’s commandments for us :

Love God with all your heart, your soul and your minds;

love your neighbour as yourself.

And you added : Love each other as I have loved you.

You taught us how we should love –

reconciling our broken relationships despite differences;

forgiving unconditionally, wishing the best for those who hurt us,

praying for them and not judging;  giving sacrificially to those in need…

We can’t, Lord, your kind of love is humanly impossible.

But – this is what you want from us. We need your help.

Spirit of God within us, help us to love in your way.

Sunday 26 February

Lord Jesus, you were full of the Holy Spirit

when you went into the wilderness.

Yet it was then that you faced the temptations.

As we commit ourselves more firmly to you

we too will face new temptations…

Jesus, help us to give time in our prayer life to listen to you,

room in our emotional life to love you above all others,

determination in our spiritual life to cling to you.

Monday 27 February

Lord Jesus, you had a perfect relationship with God. You were his beloved Son.

You came from the glory of heaven – to deal with the evil that we had allowed to affect us and affect our relationship with God, our Father. 

In your love you were obedient to him.

You were compassionate, forgiving to us,

willing to suffer and sacrifice your human life for us.

Lord, may we have such love for you

that we can be humbly thankful for your sacrifice,

know the blessing of your forgiveness – and let go any guilt.

Tuesday 28 February

Father, the more we think of Jesus,

how he loved and lived and taught us to live

the more we realise that we can’t live like that in our own strength.

But you gave us the way: Jesus.

‘I am the vine,’ he said, ‘you are the branches.

If you live in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.

Apart from me you can do nothing.’

Lord, open my heart to receive your presence,

that I might live in you and you in me.

Open my heart to receive you in the bread and the wine in Communion.

Help me to go forward in your strength

and live in the way you created me to live.

Wednesday 1 March

Father God, your Son began his ministry on earth by preaching:

‘Repent, for the kingdom of God is near’ –

meaning: Turn away from living for yourself,

by your own values and live through me,

by the values of the kingdom of God…’

This means a complete turn around of my life.

Lord, I am sorry I find it hard to be self sacrificial and to change.

Help me to be still and know that you are God and that you love me…

Help me to know you more deeply and give you the central place in my life..

Thursday 2 March

Lord Jesus, you talked a lot about the Kingdom of God,

and sent your disciples to preach the good news of the kingdom.

But what exactly is the kingdom of God?

The kingdom of God, it seems, is where you are. 

When we are with you we are in your kingdom.

Help us to come into your presence at the start of each day

and remain with you throughout the day – and the night.

Friday 3 March

Lord Jesus, you came to be with us on earth

loving us as we are, asking that we repent of our self-centred, worldly ways,

that we may live in your kingdom and spread your kingdom around us.

Lord, give us the grace, humility and honesty to be aware of our sins,

to truly repent and accept your forgiveness.

So may we sincerely pray,  ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.’

Saturday 4 March

Lord, our main sin is living without you –

thoughtlessly, but nevertheless, without you;

in effect shutting you out from our lives –

except when we need to call upon you for help.

We are sorry. 

We know that our lives are lacking true meaning and fullness

and yet we go on,

caught up in busyness and things we think have to be done.

Jesus, please help us to sort out our lives seriously;

to begin and end each day in prayer,

committing ourselves to you in love,

listening to your will for us and living for you.

Sunday 5 March

‘If you are offering your gift at the altar and remember

that your brother or sister has something against you,

first go and be reconciled, then go up to the altar’.

Jesus, you taught us the real meaning behind your Father’s Commandments.

I know that some of my relationships are not quite right

yet I still go up for Communion without confessing this,

without trying to put things right beforehand.

 Lord, I will try to do my part

in reconciling any bad relationships – with your help.

Monday 6 March

‘You have heard it say, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth;

but I say to you, Do not resist an evil-doer.’

Jesus, you taught us God’s way of dealing with those who are hostile to us.

You did as you taught. You turned the other cheek when they struck you.

When I am hurt or angry, help me to stop for a minute  and look to you

and draw your peace into myself.

Lord, in your mercy, help me to do as you would do.

Tuesday 7 March

‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.’

Father, in your kingdom there is no hatred, no fighting.

But loving one’s enemies seems to be going too far.

And yet, Father, you love those I cannot love – as much as you love me;

you sent Jesus to heal and redeem all who genuinely turn to you.

Help me to pause and realise the depth and width of your love

and to pray for those I dislike or who try to harm me -with your love.

Wednesday 8 March

‘If you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.’

Dear Jesus, of all your teaching, this one seems the hardest.

But you forgave even those who were nailing you to the cross

and you told Peter that we should forgive seventy times seven.

Lord, I can only have the will to forgive – for your sake -and for mine –

I pray that you will help me to forgive from my heart,

even though it may take time.

Thursday 9 March

‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.’

Father, we do judge others, we can’t seem to help it;

but you could see right into people’s minds; you knew their motives,

their whole story and you just loved them and wanted to heal their hurts.

We cannot understand others fully –

and we are hardly without faults ourselves.

Lord, help me to see the ’plank in my own eye’

before I judge the ‘speck in my neighbour’s eye.’

Friday 10 March

‘Therefore, I tell you,  do not worry about your life…’

But Jesus, we do worry; 

we are often anxious and stressed and lacking in faith.

You never seemed to worry; 

you prayed to your Father about everything – and trusted.

You were rejected by many, 

misunderstood by your family, even by your disciples.

But you sought your Father’s will for you

and drew your confidence  from him; 

Jesus, help me to take my worries to you,

to know your love for me – and to trust.

Saturday 11 March

‘Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…’

Father, in the beginning, the earth and its people were your kingdom.

But then we made it ours and brought corruption and suffering upon ourselves

and lost our close relationship with you, the very ground of our being,

We can never thank you enough for sending your beloved Son to forgive us,

to bring us back to you – to restore your kingdom.

By his presence, teaching and actions he showed us

that he was the Way, the Truth and the Life

By his death and resurrection he bore our sin in himself

and gave us new life in the Spirit.

Dear Lord, I love you and want to follow you each moment of my life.

Sunday 12 March

‘If any want to become my followers…’ (Luke 9. 23)

Jesus, my Friend and Saviour,

all I want to do is to follow you, to live in your light and love,

to know your Spirit burning within me

and to be at peace with God, my neighbour and myself.

Why cannot I do this all the time?

‘Deny yourself…Take up your cross…’

Lord, forgive me.

Help me to understand the meaning of personal sacrifice.

Monday, 13 March

‘… let them deny themselves…’

Father, we have promoted, not denied, our own selfish and ambitions

and used – abused – much of the earth and its people for our own benefit,

I am as guilty as anyone, in my own personal life as well.

I have more than I need while others go hungry.

I put myself first and not you.

You denied yourself home comforts,

marriage, wealth, status, even life.

And you had inner peace, joy and fulfilment

because you were doing your Father’s will.

Jesus, save me from myself.

I have the will but not the self discipline

Tuesday, 14 March

‘…and take up their cross daily and follow me.’

Dear Lord Jesus, not only did you deny yourself,

you accepted your cross, willingly,

suffering opposition and pain,

even carrying it physically to your death.

You were God’s own Son on earth,

suffering for our sin, yet full of love for us.

I shy away from suffering or let it get me down,

plunging into lonely darkness…

But you are the light in our darkness.

You come to be where we are and guide us through.

Jesus, I will try to accept suffering,

take up my cross daily, if you bear it with me.

Thank you for always being with me.

Help me to come near to you.

Wednesday 15 March

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things…

(Mark 8. 31)

Father, it is hard for some of us to understand

why your plan of salvation for the world

involved so much suffering for your beloved Son..

We know that you loved the world so much

that you gave your One and Only Son….

And we know that Jesus accepted his suffering because he loved you – and us.

It seems that he had to suffer on our behalf because of our appalling sin.

It was your way of perfect love and perfect sacrifice…

I may not understand; but help me to accept it,

with repentance, love and thanksgiving.

Thursday 16 March

…and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the Law…

Lord Jesus, you were rejected, even hated,

by the religious leaders of society.

You healed on the sabbath –

against their law; you called God ‘Father’ -blasphemy.

You turned their religion upside down

by teaching the spirit of the law rather than the letter.

You created a whole new meaning

of true righteousness in the eyes of God.

Lord, help me to be righteous by following you,

even if it means rejection by the world.

Friday 17 March

…and that he must be killed…

My Lord Jesus, you knew that you would – must -be killed.

You were a young man in the prime of your human life; the sinless Son of God.

Your death was not just a human malicious act to get rid of you.

It was a divine act in which you would bear the terrible weight of human sin,

lifting it off us and so clearing the way between us and your Father – our Father.

Thank you, Lord Jesus,

for enabling me to be close to God and to know his love for me.

Saturday 18 March

…and rise again on the third day.

Father, no one understood that Jesus

would come alive again even if he did die.

He knew – but what absolute faith in you

he must have had as he faced his death.

And what faith in him we must have, growing as we follow him.

Jesus, my Crucified, Risen Lord,

thank you for living, dying and rising again – for me

Give me the grace to live my life for you, in you, through you –

in your perfect love.

Sunday 19th March

‘Let the little children come to me…’

And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them and blessed them.

Loving Lord Jesus, you cared so tenderly for the vulnerable – and so must we.

Your love was unconditional, as is a mother’s love – usually.

Give me the grace to show that kind of love especially to those who come

wanting, needing to be cared for; and to those who just need a hug.

And Jesus, sometimes I, too, cry out for love.

It heals, warms and brings us to wholeness.

Monday 20th March

‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven…’ (John 6.51)

Living Lord Jesus, you describe yourself as bread, everyday food

that we need to fill us, nourish us, satisfy our appetites.

‘Living bread’ sounds more than that; if we take it in, if we take you in

you live within us, a real presence in our inner being.

Jesus, let me hunger for you, for all of you, your light and love,

your sacrificing, suffering, serving. I need you. I love you.

Tuesday 21st March

‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in them.’  (John 6.56)

Living, dying Lord Jesus, this sounds awful.

You must have known the effect it would have on the Jews who never consumed blood.

But you were adamant that we must feed on you and accept your cup of suffering.

And if people couldn’t accept that -then they couldn’t accept you.

It’s not just your teaching – it’s you we must receive – into the very centre of ourselves.

Let me not hesitate. It’s all or nothing. Come, Lord Jesus.

Wednesday 22nd March

From this time many of his disciples…no longer followed him (John 6.67)

Oh Jesus, would I have stopped following you – then –

before I knew what I know now?

I think it would depend on whether I loved you or not.

You never said following you would be easy. You never compromised.

But you loved and I think I might have responded and followed you

just because I loved you .I love you now, Jesus, my Lord and Saviour.

Thursday 23rd March

Jesus asked the Twelve, ‘You do not want to leave me, do you?’ (John 6. 67)

Jesus, what a heart-rending question! But you faced the possibility;

you asked them directly. None of them moved.

Those twelve friends, ordinary men whom you had chosen specially,

were living with you, experiencing you, seeing the miracles you did… listening to you.

They had left everything for you though they could not understand you perfectly.

But they believed, albeit waveringly, they loved, most of the time, and they tried to trust.

Lord, help me to be your faithful disciple, loving, believing, and trusting – ever more deeply.,

Friday 24th March

Simon Peter answered, ‘We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’ (John 6.69)

Jesus, Son of God, at that moment, your friends knew in their hearts who you were.

They may not have understood all your teaching but they believed in you.

I confess that I cannot live up to your commandments of pure love

but I am following you as closely as I can and I know that you will never leave me.

Thank you for your pure love for me, for saving me from the sinful part of myself,

for living in me, feeding me – and for giving me eternal life.

Saturday 25th March

‘Yet one of you is a devil’. He meant Judas…who,though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him. (John 6. 70-71)

Lord Jesus, did you not know from the beginning that Judas would finally work against you?

You must have seen the potential in him – as you see in us all.

Perhaps you weren’t the kind of Messiah he had hoped for and any love or faith

turned to bitter disappointment, hatred – and action.

It seems that we all have the potential for evil in us – as well as the potential for great good.

Lord, make me aware of my temptations and wrong desires before they turn into action.

Bring out the goodness and love in me as I follow you.

Sunday 26th March

Peter swore…’I don’t know this man you’re talking about.’ (Mark 14. 71)

Lord, you had always seen into the heart of Peter.

He, who had proclaimed you the Holy One of God, sworn to follow you

always, now denied ever knowing you. Yet you called Peter a Rock.

True, he responded to the moment and lacked stability and courage –

but when he received the Holy Spirit after your death – then he became a rock.

Lord, forgive my wavering faith; help me to cling to you with all my being.

Monday 27th March

‘Here is your king,’ said Pilate to the Jews. (John 19.14)

My Lord Jesus, how could you not have broken down?

You had been cruelly flogged, mockingly dressed up in a purple robe

and a ‘crown’ of thorns, spat at by the soldiers, slapped in the face.

Yet you endured it all silently, you who were without sin, suf ering – for our sins;

Jesus, King above all kings, give me the strength to suf er with your courage

and with your transforming light burning within me.

Tuesday 28th March

…unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12.24)

Dying, Risen Lord, it seems that you had to die in order to become alive

in a dif erent way, present to all people who believe everywhere, in every age..

You died a single man in Jerusalem, rose again, ascended into heaven

and became the Christ we can all know, in our hearts and in the world around us.

May I die too, to my self-centredness. May I, open up and become Christ-centred,

living in you and you living in me, now and eternally.

Wednesday 29th March

After that he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet.  (John 13.5)

Jesus, Lord and master, now servant, doing that most menial of tasks –

washing the dirty feet of your disciples at your last supper…

None of the disciples had volunteered; it was a servant’s job;

but you did it, deliberately, saying ‘now you must wash one another’s feet.’

It’s not that I mind but I do like to be seen as -well – a bit significant,

looked up to rather than looked down upon .But that’s not how you want me to be.

Give me the grace to serve others, to do the jobs others don’t want to do -to be more like you.

Thursday 30th March

I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. (John 16.33)

Dear Lord, your peace is very precious, like your love, deep inside me.

Any other peace is short-lived for things go wrong and awful things happen.

They happened to you – but you knew the peace of your Father,

and the peace of knowing that you were carrying out his will.

Your peace is a gift, a still presence that pervades the troubles of the world.

Help me to seek it at all times and to touch those around me with its reassuring beauty.

Friday 31st March

Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent (John 17.3)

Jesus, Son of God, you came to give us this life, here and now and for ever;

through loving you, whom God sent to us and following you;

through worshipping God, not as a far of divine being but as our close, loving Father,

through treasuring the Holy Spirit in our hearts, your gift to us as we love and obey.

This life – your life in us – exists alongside and within our earthly life

so that we really know you as our saviour and friend.

Lord Jesus, help me always to be close to you, that I may have eternal life..

Saturday 1st April

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Luke 5.32)

Jesus, you were hard on the Pharisees who thought they were righteous.

Our only merit as church-goers is that we know we are sinners, in thought, word and deed.

For not only do we think and do wrong things, we do not love God or our neighbour enough

and we even ignore him and live without him at times.

Lord Jesus, thank you for calling us – me. May I always be healthily aware of my sin,

ready to repent and receive your forgiveness and to live joyfully in your Father’s love.

Palm Sunday

Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord  (Luke 19.38)

Lord Jesus, for a short while you allowed yourself to be seen as king;

King of God’s kingdom, glorious and humble as you rode into Jerusalem,

acclaimed and adored by all those who believed in you. But then –

you wept over that city whose people had not listened to you.

You must still weep over so many now who do not listen to you.

You do not speak the words the people of this world want to hear:

‘Repent, for the kingdom of God is near.’ ‘‘Your sins are forgiven.’

O Lord, forgive me for failing to take all your words to heart.

Forgive me for failing to take you into my heart every day.

Forgive me for being less than you created me to be….

Monday 3rd April

‘My house will be called a house of prayer but you have made it a den of robbers’ ( Luke 19.46)

Lord, as you entered Jerusalem for the last time you saw it through the eyes of your Father.

And you were filled with sorrow by the people, especially the religious leaders

and filled with anger by the scene of corruption going on in the temple courts.

Robbed of its sanctity, the temple was a symbol of the world’s ways, not your Father’s rule.

Jesus, we had not seen this side of you before, driving the traders out, pushing their tables over.

It was surely the righteous anger of God against the attitudes of his chosen people,

against their unbelief in you whom he had sent to bring them back to true worship.

But many – a few leaders and many of the under-privileged – did hear your word;

many did acknowledge you as Messiah, Son of God. They were God’s people now.

We too are your people, who know that we are redeemed by your suffering and death.

Lord, help me to repent and receive your forgiveness – every day.

Tuesday 4th April

Mary (of Bethany) took … an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. (John 12.3)

My Lord Jesus, I thank God that he gave you a place to rest,

amid the plots to kill you and the growing opposition of those in power.

Here in Bethany you were with real friends where you were an honoured guest,

cared for and loved as you contemplated your death in the days to come.

Mary probably half-knew that you were going to die soon

and she expressed her devotion to you, extravagantly, humbly,

quite shockingly – beyond caring what anyone else thought.

And you accepted it graciously, relating it to your burial as if it were needed.

Oh Jesus, let me be a real friend to you, standing up for you where you are dismissed,

sharing what you have done for me and what you would do for everyone.

Let me, like Mary, show my devotion to you without caring what others think

Wednesday 5th April.

Then Judas…went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted and promised to give him some money (Mark 14.10-11)

Jesus, you knew you had to die, but to be betrayed by one of your own disciples,

one who had been your friend, added to the bitterness of it all..

You grieved for his soul for he had not accepted your teaching about love and forgiveness.

Afterwards he realised a little of what he had done – and could not live with himself.

O Lord, as I become aware of my sins, great and small, let me have the grace of true repentance;

let me have the grace of knowing your sure forgiveness and love – and love myself, through you.

Thursday 6th April

This is my body given for you…This cup is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you. (Luke 22.19-20)

Jesus, Son of God, you knew you were about to die; that was your mission:

to be put to death by the powers of the world -for our sakes..

God on earth, taking the sin of the world – our sin – into your body,

God, in you, pouring out your blood in sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sin.

‘Eat and drink this,’ you said, ‘to remind you of what I have done for you.’

It was a new covenant, a new promise from God that through your death

we need not live with all the sins we have ever committed – the sins God hates.

You have lifted them away, forgiven us ,redeemed us -by your pure sacrificial love.

We can come before God with clean hearts and minds to love and to receive his love.

Lord Jesus, help me to receive your body and blood as I eat the bread and drink the wine

and help me to feed on you in my heart with praise and thanksgiving.

Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me.

Yet not what I will but what you will.(Mark 14.36)

Jesus, I don’t think your Father answered your cry; there was just -silence.

And your closest friends, Peter, James and John -they had actually fallen asleep.

You were alone, with no support.

‘Abba!’ Silence

Only the crushing fear and horror that would overcome any man facing crucifixion.

‘Abba!’ Silence.

Is there no other way as far as your Father is concerned?

Apparently not. The Son of Man had to sacrifice his life and bear the sins of your people.

‘Could you not keep watch for one hour?’… Your friends could not keep their eyes open.

‘The spirit is willing but the body is weak…’

No human support; no heavenly support; no reassurance. It is all up to you…

Actually – there was no real choice.. You were committed to carrying out your Father’s will.

Judas was approaching. Your hour had come…

Friday 7th April

Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified (John 19.16)

Dear Lord, you were so dignified, though all outward dignity was stripped away from you:

The priests mocked, spat at you, hit you; the soldiers jeered, dressed you up as king, beat you;

The mob, encouraged by the priests, howled -’Crucify him!’

And Pilate washed his hands of you. There were no grounds for the death sentence.

Your claim, to be the Son of God, was blasphemy to the Jews and grounds for execution;

but it meant nothing to him. The mob howled on, louder, louder. Pilate gave way…

But you, Jesus, never gave way. As the soldiers nailed you to the cross you prayed:

‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.’ Forgive!

You spoke words of forgiveness to the thief on his cross. It seems that it is never too late to repent…

You spoke to your mother, giving her to the care of John now. Such love!

But then, those words of utter desolation: ‘ My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

By bearing the sin of the world in your body you were cut off from your beloved Father…

Then – ‘It is finished.’ You had done it. And you gave up your spirit into your Father’s hands.

It was all over. But was it?

Jesus, my Friend and Saviour,help me to look past the cross now and wait -till the third day.

Saturday April 8th

Joseph ( of Aramathea) asked Pilate for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb.(Luke 23.52-53)

Lord God, Father of Jesus Christ, you must have moved Joseph to come out into the open.

He had been a secret disciple of Jesus, though a respected member of the Jewish Sanhedrin.

Jesus’ close disciples had all gone. Besides, they would have been afraid of Pilate.

But Joseph had authority. And his tomb was nearby, open, waiting…

He came forward to do what no one else would do – take Jesus’ body down

carefully, with dignity, treating it with respect and devotion

and placing it in his own prepared tomb -watched by the women who had loved Jesus.

It was the eve of the Passover. They had to leave. We too leave him there as we grieve..

But you, Father, did not leave him. We can never know how it happened.

All we know is that by your mighty power you transformed his body back to life…

Today is a sad, quiet day for us when we are still under the shadow of death.

The horror of yesterday is over but I cannot quite look forward to tomorrow.

Jesus has gone but he has not come back. But as I wait, my sadness begins to lift

and a glimmer of hope dawns slowly increasing to a glow of anticipation…

Easter Sunday

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed… (John 20.1)

Lord Jesus, you had told them that you would rise again – but it was too much to take in.

That open, empty tomb was such a shock. Mary just wept.

John was the first to grasp it: ’He saw (the folded grave clothes)…and he believed.’

You appeared to Mary first – and spoke her name, so gently: ‘Mary!’

Then you appeared to the disciples, that night – through the locked door.

Fear – then incredulous joy . You ,their dear Lord and Master were alive again.

Even we experience it in our own way; a sort of transformation in ourselves.

We move – from living in the darkness of death to living in the light of the resurrection.

For we realise anew that you are with us now through your Spirit.

You give us new life in you, eternal life now and for ever. Death is not the end.

And we may know your Father as our Father, our close loving God.

Along with Thomas, I cry, ‘My Lord and my God.’ I worship you with all my heart.

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