you sent your Son to die and rise to new life
in order that death might be brought to an end
and that we might live a new life in Him.
Yet we confess that we too often have chosen to remain
captive to doubt and fear and ways that lead to death.
By our thoughts, words, and actions,
we have scorned your love,
diminished the lives of others,
and defaced your image in us.
Father, forgive us for Jesus’ sake,
and enable us by His resurrection power
to live no longer for ourselves
but for Him who died and rose again for us. Amen.
In this painting, the artist captured Peter and John’s sense of urgency and determination. There is also a sense of uncertainty and anxiety mixed with excitement (“could it really be true that our Lord is alive?”) Some of us might have these same feelings. Pray that the Holy Spirit may give you certainty of Jesus resurrection and life hidden in Christ Jesus.