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Breathing in: Holy Spirit, enter in

Breathing out: Holy Spirit, bring your peace

Breathing in: Holy Spirit, enter in

Breathing out: Holy Spirit, bring me life

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Listen

Peter sent everyone out of the room, then knelt and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. He gave her his hand and raised her up. Then he called God’s holy people, including the widows, and presented her alive to them. The news spread throughout Joppa, and many put their faith in the Lord. Peter stayed for some time in Joppa with a certain tanner named Simon.

Acts 9:40-43

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Think

The joy and power of Easter cannot be limited to a single Sunday. Even the 50 days the church calendar blocks off for celebration cannot contain the power of Easter because Jesus didn’t leave us empty-handed. Jesus bestowed the power of God’s divine interruption of death to his disciples.

Life wins. What we read today is another story where life wins. At times, it feels unfair; accounts of miraculous resurrections in the Bible are few, and coming back from death is a rare medical tale today. I wish this story were true for everyone we lose in an untimely way – those who die by addiction, behavioral health crisis, cancer, hate, illnesses, violence, etc.

However, our stories no longer end in death but in our resurrection with Christ. In the end, in spite of death, the truth remains that life wins. Easter’s power cannot be limited.

Sarah Karber

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Pray

Powerful God, I yearn for the time when death is no more. Be with me in my joy and in my sadness. Remind me of the joy and power that Easter holds, now and forever. Amen.

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Go

Those who find me find life; they gain favor from the Lord.

Proverbs 8:35

Sarah Karber

Sarah Karber is an ordained United Methodist, working as a Chaplain at Augustana Health Care Center in Minneapolis, MN. She loves photography, hiking, and watching the Cubs win. Life is best when she gets to share those special moments with her partner Shawn, rescue dog Ember, and newest addition: baby Addie.

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