Lord,

He is risen!

He is risen – May these three simple words resound from people’s lips this morning because they well up from deep within their souls.

He is risen – May these three simple words be experienced as the most real thing in all of life.  

He is risen – May these three simple words stir an imagination of what life can be like because You have overcome death, evil, sin, hatred, injustice, evil and, yes, COVID-19.

He is risen – May these three simple words bring healing for all who are struggling, sick, poor, struggling, cast aside, abused, grieving, addicted and lonely.

He is risen – May these three simple words become the hope for which the world is longing.

He is risen – May these three simple words be imprinted on every human heart.

I pray this – and so much more – in the name, power and love of the one who is risen and alive forever more, Jesus our Lord!

Amen.