An Easter Prayer by Brother Roger of Taize: If You Were Not Risen

I found the prayer below posted at Beauty from Chaos and posted the link shortly after Easter, but did not post the prayer itself that day due to great busyness and a lousy internet connection.  I’ve added the artwork and a short reflection.

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empty-tomb

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If you were not risen,
Lord Christ, to whom would we go
to discover a radiance
of the face of God?

If you were not risen,
we would not be together
seeking your communion.
We would not find in your presence
forgiveness,
wellspring of a new beginning.

If you were not risen,
where would we draw the energy
for following you
right to the end of our existence,
for choosing you again and anew?

— Brother Roger of Taize

Lord Jesus, remind us daily of the truth of Your resurrection that we might live in its fullness, and that we might wonder afresh at and experience the amazing truth of the fact that Your resurrection power is real and at work every day in the lives of each of us who has been baptized into Your death & resurrection!

Eph 1:18-21
18    I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
19    and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
20    which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
21    far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

Rom 8:10-11
10    But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11    And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

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