Today's Lectionary Text
1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
In today’s Scripture Paul recounts the resurrection story. He captures the life, death and resurrection of Christ with the experiences of Jesus after the resurrection. In Paul’s succinct fashion, he does this all in 8 sentences, concluding with his personal testimony alluding to his personal experience of Christ.
How has the grace of God shaped your life and your identity of who you are? John Wesley shared grace goes before us, justifies us, and sanctifies us, creating us to be a new creation in Christ. God’s grace is always available, always surrounding us and calling us to Christ. God’s grace continues to work on us to love God and neighbor perfectly.
Today pause to acknowledge God’s grace around, through and in us and all the world. In this time of great uncertainty, give testimony to the grace of God and the assurance of God’s grace. Spend time in prayer today.
Prayer for Reflection
O God, you have the whole world in your hands. Guide us to give testimony to your grace. Help us settle in the grace that you give to us and have us root our identity on your saving, amazing grace. We pray this prayer written by someone we do not know for such a time as this:Loving God, Your desire is for our wholeness and well being.
We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time.
We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.
We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future.
We pray: may love, not fear, go viral.
Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good.
Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity. Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence, You, the God who does not abandon.
In Jesus Name We Pray, Amen.
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