Our staff introduces our theme:

RISE

Arise!
Shine, for your light has come,
the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.
Though darkness covers the earth,
and thick clouds, the peoples,
upon you the Lord will dawn,
And over you his glory will be seen.
Nations shall walk by your light,
kings by the radiance of your dawning.

Have you ever been in a dark room, maybe just waking up, when someone suddenly flips on a light? Once over the initial shock we are plunged into the challenging time of adjustment. Our eyes squint and strain to see the world around us for how it truly is. In so many ways, during this time, we are experiencing an awakening.

You might be feeling a little bit beat up these days. The suffering and the darkness have been hard to understand. Though uncertainty still swirls around us, we can fully trust as disciples that the stone has been rolled away from the tomb, the light is streaming in, and we are being called to rise.

This is an opportunity for us as believers to recognize that the colliding galaxies of our emotions and experiences need some sorting out. This prayer journal is an invitation to you to find resurrection and new life. We have included all of the Sunday gospel readings for this liturgical year along with prompts for deeper reflection. Be intentional. Carve out some dedicated time to encounter God moving you from darkness into light.

Engaging in this process is so important because the rest of the world is awakening, too. So, we do not just rise for ourselves. We rise to become points of light to help the rest of the world navigate new waters. They need our level of compassion to rise. They need our capacity to be healers to rise. They need our willingness to forgive to rise. We are calling up the best within ourselves because the truth is that this thing isn’t over. In many ways, for disciples, it is just beginning.