“When the women saw the empty tomb, the Angel of the Lord said, ‘Now, go quickly and tell his disciples that Jesus has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. And remember what I have told you.’”

Matthew 28:5-7

Notes for Contemplation as You Use this Devotional:

  • This passage by the Gospel Writer called Matthew is often titled, “The Resurrection” and it is used during Easter as one of the ways to remind us that we can renew our lives.
  • When something is resurrected, it is revived and restored to life.
  • When we understand that something still has life energy, we can feel reassured and comforted, hopeful in our mission or purpose. 

Contemplation Questions:

Ask yourself:

  • What in my life needs to be resurrected or revived now?
    • List, word map, or illustrate as much as applies, no matter how small or insignificant they seem.
  • What projects and/or tasks have been awaiting my time and attention?   
    • List, word map, or illustrate as much as applies, especially as they relate to personal safety, security, and well-being. 
  • What is something that I have been wanting and waiting to do?
    • List, word map, or illustrate as much as applies, especially if it would help you feel a sense of contentment and fulfillment.
  • What joys and delights have I put off? 
    • List, word map, or illustrate as much as applies, especially those which are most fun for you.
  • When I contemplate all that I have noted, what resonates with my heart?
    • Highlight, circle, star, or otherwise decorate them.
  • Of the things which resonate, which are my top three (3)?
    • Mark them specifically 1, 2, 3, with 1 being your most important item.
    • Then, note at least three (3) things you need to do to revive or renew them in ways that feel vibrant for you.
  • When my revival is complete for each item, what do I hope to see?
    • Without analyzing or judging, use your imagination, and list, word map, or illustrate your vision.
  • Who is at least one (1) close friend, family member, or colleague who can hold this vision with me and encourage me in my revival process?
    • Set a schedule for regular prayer time and check-ins with this person. 

Be honest and gentle with yourself as you work through this devotional, and continue using it until you gain clarity about how best to focus your attention and use your precious time and energy.  Stay open to revising and re-imagining as needed.  Also, track or journal your progress so you can celebrate each milestone.

© 2021 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks – All rights reserved.

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