14th April 2017

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Devastating beauty

 

 

On Friday my hope died.

The sky wept itself dark

the ground broke apart

and all creation cried

for the bloodied innocence

hammered into a tree.

 

There were whispers

of a torn curtain,

but they didn’t reach my ears

or mend my mangled heart

or stem the bitter tears

as we took

the body

down.

 

On Saturday we grieved,

hiding from the troops

whom we’d once believed

would be overthrown

by the carpenter’s boy,

who had preached and fed

and healed,

and was now dead.

 

But then on Sunday

The devastating beauty

of that Sunday

when time and space

were blown out of shape

and angels wrapped in electric grace

rolled the impossible away

 

'He is not here'

they proclaimed

for glory had risen

our failings were forgiven

and the rules of life

and death were rewritten

as an empty tomb declared,

‘Love is alive.’

 

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A note from...

 

 

'When you've been a Christian for a long time it can be easy to settle into a routine, or start to take things like the resurrection for granted. Easter Sunday is the fulcrum of all history a mind-blowing, miraculous moment when the story of the universe changed. Let's pray that God will engrain the beauty and awe of the resurrection into our hearts.'

 

Gideon Heugh

Junior Copywriter, Global Brand & Comms, Tearfund

 

 

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Prayer Item #1

 

In the last few weeks, Peru has suffered deadly storms resulting in flooding and mudslides. With heavy rains likely to continue until mid-April, pray that we would be able to serve those most in need and that aid would reach areas that are difficult to access.

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Prayer Item #2

 

The food insecurity situation in Haiti is worsening with many regions now at crisis or emergency level. Please pray for all those affected, as we discern how to best respond to these needs.

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Prayer Item #3

 

In recent weeks, Honduras has been suffering from serious forest fires. Pray for rains to come and that the drought conditions in Honduras and across Central America will soon ease.

 

 

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ETHIOPIA: PRAY FOR THE HEARTS OF THE NATIONS

 

For many people, the defining images of famine in Africa dates back to the BBC reports of the Ethiopian famine in 1984...

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A TASTE OF FAMILY LIFE AGAIN

 

'Before the war, life was good: I worked as an assistant in a law office in Damascus, I had a good life,’ remembers Maya...

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