Lenten Reflection Series: Christ is Alive. Alleluia!

Just as those first rays of sun illuminated the empty tomb that resurrection day, may You, God, come and light my soul. Drive out the darkness of doubt and warm the stone of my heart.

Work your miracle in me: Help me to truly rise with Christ today and everyday.

Take this weary person and remind me that I am one of the Easter people.

Cast off all that binds me. Liberate me! Tear away all that shrouds my vision so that I can finally see all of creation—and myself—through your loving eyes.

Breathe new life into me. A heart that beats with compassion for my brothers and sisters. Hands animated to work for peace and justice. Feet ready to follow. Laughter bubbling up until it bursts forth from my lips in joyful invitation, a testimony to Your goodness.

Light! Love! Joy! It is a new day.

Christ is alive. I am alive. Alleluia!

Bridget Higginbotham is the communications manager and former Nonprofit Servant Leadership associate at Franciscan Mission Service.