By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Blessed Lord Jesus,
We praise you for new life;
for not leaving us alone in sad graveyards of our sins and limitations;
for planting seeds in the soil of our hearts,
where daffodils can sprout and grow and flower unexpectedly
and we can participate in your resurrection.
We confess that we seldom look for you or welcome you into our busy lives;
seldom model your goodness to our neighbors;
seldom even try to avoid sin
and iniquity is our default setting.
Thank you for warm spring mornings,
when the sunshine reminds us that winter is not forever, strong winds remind us of your Holy Spirit, and
gentle rain reminds that you give life to all the earth.
Grant us strength for the day; grace for those we meet; and the peace that passes all understanding.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Amen.