thousands of years ago,
in the dark of the morning,
in the midst of profound grief
[Mary/the women] drew near to the tomb.
Her heart broke as she came to say goodbye to her rabbi and friend.
But instead of the stench of death she breathed in the gift of new life.
Jesus was alive!
The gift of resurrection is mysterious and confusing--
As are the ways you touch the dark and dead places in our lives.
Where we have failed you forgive us.
Where we sin you redeem us.
Where the darkness threatens to overtake us, you shine your light.
And where death steals our joy, you proclaim I give joy abundantly.
We thank you this day for new beginnings, second chances, and resurrection from death.
We praise you in Jesus' name,