Begin by taking a few slow, deep breaths. Inhale for the count of two, hold your breath for the count of two, and then exhale for the count of two. Do this a few times.
In our breath, we find God. God is the life within us.
Today, on Easter Sunday, we exhale. Let's breath in deeply and exhale together.
When we finally relax after something difficult we let out a long sigh of relief. It feels good. We can feel the tension leaving our bodies. After our long journey in Lent, Easter Sunday is what we have been waiting for--a day of joy and celebration! We celebrate that Jesus was not stopped by death but rose from the dead. This gives us hope that love and new life will replace injustice and suffering.
Tonight as we pass the candle, we get to light it again! The flame of the candle symbolizes the light of Christ. John 1:4-5 says, "In him was life, and that life was the light of all humankind. The light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." As we pass the candle tonight, we pray in thanksgiving for the new life we see around us--the little and big ways we see love in the world.