The Three Women on the Tomb of Christ by Irma Martin. 1843

Resurrection Sunday Psalm: An Honest Conversation with God

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Resurrection is a hard truth to swallow. And it’s not just us modern people who choke on it. Each of the disciples of Jesus in the record of the resurrection doubts. Resurrection is not an easy or natural thing to believe. Jesus tells Thomas, who has had an unfair label attached to his name, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” That’s Doubting Us he’s talking to. And just like Thomas, we can talk to God about our doubts. In my blog How To Hold A Two-Way Conversation With A Silent God, I discussed reading scripture and writing a response to what you read as a way to hold a conversation with God. That is what I’ve done here in my Resurrection Sunday Psalm: An Honest Conversation with God.

I’ve retold the story of the resurrection from the empty tomb to Jesus appearing to the disciples in the upper room several days later using various passages and hoping we can imagine ourselves there with each disciple experiencing the unbelievable made believable. Of course, if you have a different response than the one I’ve written, feel free. 

God speaks: Luke 24:2-4:

It was very early in the morning on the first day of the week. The women took the spices they had prepared. Then they went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from it. When they entered the tomb, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. They were wondering about this.

Respond: Father-of-life, Raise us too from the dead. Awake within us wonder at how you conquered death. 

God speaks: Luke 24:10-11 

Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them were the ones who told the apostles. But the apostles did not believe the women. Their words didn’t make any sense to them.

Respond: God of truth, We believe you hold power over life and death; help our unbelief.

God speaks: Luke 24:27&32 

Jesus explained to Cleophas and his friend what was said about himself in all the Scriptures. He began with Moses and all the Prophets.

Later they said, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” 

Respond: God-with-us, Open your word to us and light our hearts and minds on fire with your presence.

God speaks: Luke 24:36:

Later the disciples were still talking about this when Jesus himself suddenly stood among them. He said, “May you have peace!”

Respond: Prince of peace, Grant us peace, not as the world gives but peace beyond circumstance.

God speaks: John 20:21 

Again Jesus said, “May peace be with you! The Father has sent me. So now I am sending you.” He then breathed on them. He said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Respond: Holy Spirit, Breathe your fruit into us and send us to love and serve and bring justice in places of injustice. 

God speaks: John 20: 27 

Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. See my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Respond: God of grace: Answer our returning unbelief. Touch us when we cannot touch you.

God speaks: John 20:28 

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Respond: God of wonder, We bow down. Forgive our sin. Receive our worship.

Respond: He is risen and has transformed every molecule of life, including us.

Despite our doubt, He is risen indeed!

 If you missed the previous One Verb Prayers find Monday’s is here. Tuesday’s is here. Wednesday’s is here. And Thursday’s is here. Friday’s is here.

Also read or listen to Mixing Our Tears With Jesus’ Blood: A Good Friday Poem.  Or How The Blood Red Thread Of Easter Hope Can Change You.

2 thoughts on “Resurrection Sunday Psalm: An Honest Conversation with God”

  1. Terry Hagen

    Eugene – Thank you. This is it: Jesus said to him, Mark 9:23-24 “If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
    Who among has has not doubted?

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