Monday of Easter II – Prayer of the Week

Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever

In the course of my pastoral ministry, I have come to hear some very sad stories. Sin can wield a terrible lordship over lives. That dominion often continues long after the actual moment of the violence or hurt. Perpetrators often continue to own their victims through fear and memories which cannot die. One of the most wonderful confessions of Christ in life and conversation I have ever experienced was a woman who had been terribly hurt. There were some who knew about this. She did not keep it as some shameful secret, but it was also something which did not own her. It was possible to know her well and never suspect what had happened.

She confessed that Jesus is Lord and Christ this way. It was not a splashy or dramatic thing. It was the daily ritual of confronting the memories and past with the stronger truth that Jesus had died and risen again to conquer death and that sin which had hurt her so. He had risen to dry her tears and had even died for the one who had hurt her, so she was liberated from needing to bear grudges. She simply and quietly bore witness with every smile and every moment of selfless love for others that Jesus, His cross, His resurrection, His gracious reign, were all bigger than what had been done to her. Her tormentor’s power was broken.  

I often think of this woman’s confession when the desire to get even rises yet again in my mind or when I feel the need to focus on my own small hurts. One does not need to be on the receiving end of some terrible sin to be enslaved to self-centered victimhood. Any sin will do, even petty ones. We have celebrated the resurrection and that resurrection makes a difference in lives today. It made a difference in this woman’s life as, by the grace of Jesus, she was able to let go of a hurtful past and live in the blessing of this moment. It continues to make a difference in my life. Praise Him today, We may confess Christ as God and Lord in life and conversation.

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