The reading for today is Romans 6:3-11, NLT
“3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. 5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ, we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.”
Today is the vigil of Easter. It is the time between the death of Jesus on the cross to His resurrection. A time to be quiet, peaceful, and prayerfully awaiting the Easter celebration. Use this time to assess your life in Christ. What part of you needs to be raised again? Have you suffered under the chains of addiction, or been slave to a sinful nature of intolerance of others, careless or indifferent of the poor? This is a time to evaluate your relationships. Are you giving your full self to your loved ones, the way Christ gives His to you? Let Easter be your resurrection as well!
As we were baptized into the life of Christ the water washed away our sins. It reminds me of the feeling of spring. Rebirth. The crisp night air, the sweet smells, flowers, and sunshine. New beginnings. Let this newness wash over you as you celebrate Easter. The Holy Spirit will renew the life Christ has planned for you!
Father draw me close to Your heart. I invite You to search my heart and renew my spirit bringing me in alignment with You. Use me in ways to glorify You, In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Ann Byrum Groomes
Prayer Concern: For those feeling lost, hopeless, and alone.