There are many doorways to cynicism, Jesus,

many reasons for despair,

many causes for fear;

but there is no excuse for giving them ultimate power;

not if we really believe what we claim to believe.


Resurrection is real, Jesus;

we have touched it, and seen it;

our own lives bear witness to it,

and it constantly reveals itself itself in our world.


And so, in spite of the fear that nags at us,

in the face of the despair and cynicism that taunts us,

in denial of all that would seek to steal life away,

we offer you our love,

our devotion,

our lives,

as an offering of resurrection faith

and defiant praise.