Lord, last Sunday the text
was about Thomas and his
wanting to see and touch you
in order to believe
that you had really risen from the dead.
He saw you, and believed.
Now the Vatican has changed its rule
and allowed only one miracle
instead of two for sainthood.
Lord, what are we coming to?
We enjoy babies being born,
new grass growing, and people
changing their ways every day,
but we don’t call them miracles.
Whatever we call these things, Lord,
open our hearts to your presence. Amen.
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
Hymn: He Lives
Yesterday, Lord, was our monthly meeting
with people of our floor, in these apartments,
to see if there are any complaints
or other subjects that need attention.
We are always glad to get together
if only to chat and tell stories.
One person takes care of monthly
flower arrangements for the hall table.
She also gives out candy treats on holidays.
Another sees that birthday cards
are put out for everyone to sign.
Someone collects paper bags
for the food pantry.
We are glad to be together, Lord.
A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.
Lord, when international officials
sit at tables to discuss things,
we see lovely flower arrangements.
Some people in every country
enjoy the beauty of flowers.
Why can’t those people influence
the leaders or be the leaders?
We don’t need more irritations
that lead to war. The world
has become a dangerous place.
Lord, soften the hearts
of the leaders of the world.
If, as your followers, our sins
have been forgiven, why can’t we
return to the Garden of Eden
and enjoy the flowers?
Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so.
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
Hymn: He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought
Lord, our President
is going around making alliances
with certain Asian countries.
Russia is rumbling.
China is grumbling.
I begin to feel insecure.
I place my trust in you, Lord.
Teach all of us to love kindness
and do your will.
Help the nations to seek peace.
He has told you , O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Hymn: For the Healing of the Nations
O Lord, our grandson
came to help my husband
transfer information from his
old computer to his new one.
My husband is smart,
but he couldn’t do it by himself.
Computers came into being
when we were young adults.
They are up graded every few years.
What you make of such things, Lord?
I expect your infinite knowledge helps.
Thank you, Lord, for this helpful tool.
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their parents.
Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God
Lord Jesus, Mary Magdalene
met you in the garden after you had risen,
but before you ascended to your Father.
What an amazing experience!
Peter and John saw the empty tomb
and believed, but they didn’t see you
until later in a locked room.
Being able to see you after your resurrection
was an exciting experience.
Lord Jesus, open our eyes to your presence.
We all want to see you.
Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
Hymn: In the Garden (I Come to the Garden Alone)
Dear Lord, this morning
my husband picked daffodils
from our garden for our dining room table
and for the little shelf outside our door.
They have been blooming
for over two weeks now.
Some of the other gardeners
don’t pick their daffodils.
They just like to see them in the garden.
I can’t understand that, Lord.
Flowers are such a source of inspiration.
Their beauty lifts us up.
“Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.”
Hymn: All Things Bright and Beautiful