Mike Cope's blog

Thursday, April 08, 2004

I'm "full" from last night: from meeting with the missions committee and hearing again their vision(s) for sending missionaries; from hearing Barbara Hallmark's stirring testimony in Oasis; and then from meeting with the elders. Those elders meetings are a highlight of my life--full of blessings and prayers. Today is Maundy Thursday. Growing up in a Church of Christ, I didn't know much about the flow of Holy Week. (Honestly, Easter had more to do with the Easter Bunny and sermons against Easter.) But the name of this day comes from Christ's command that his disciples should love one another (John 13:34). A good prayer for the day (from THE DIVINE HOURS: Prayers for Springtime): "Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that I, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen."

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