Opening Prayer: O Lord, God of life and love, God of resurrection power, you alone can roll the stone away. You alone can deliver us for the darkness and bondage of the tomb. Give us your resurrection life this day, so that we may live in the light of your love. Amen.
Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
Journal: What “stone” can you not roll away these days? What does it look like to invite Jesus, and his resurrection power, into that situation or circumstance? Who will roll the stone away?
Reflection: “Who will roll the stone away?” (Mark 16:3) Do you ever find yourself asking that question? Have you ever found yourself in a situation or circumstance in which you knew that you could not handle it in your own strength? Frankly, I live my life trying to avoid those situations at all costs. And when I do that it keeps me from being able to experience the resurrection power of Jesus. But every now and then, no matter how hard I try, something will crash into my life, reminding me once again, how helpless, powerless and dependent I really am. Then I find myself asking, “Who will roll the stone away?”
That’s why you have to love the women who headed to the tomb on that first Easter morn. They went to the tomb, knowing that they could not roll the stone away, yet they went anyway. “We will go,” they must have thought, “even though we know we cannot move the stone.” Now that’s faith! And when they arrived, their faith was rewarded, for God had done the undoable. He had rolled the stone way himself. He had done for them what they could not possibly do for themselves. And isn’t that what life with God is all about?
Closing Prayer: O God, please help me, for I cannot move the stone. But you can. Please do so, that I might live the resurrection life you have called me to. Amen.