God fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome [and humans are] the image of [God’s] own nature. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who belong to his company experience it.
- Pause in the love and light of our triune God.
- Ask the unnamed woman in the gospel to present you to Jesus.
- In your words: speak clearly to Jesus about what surrounds your heart or pours from it: Ask Jesus to embolden you to draw near to him—even to run to Jesus—so that Jesus may renew you.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer, which Jesus gave us to praise God for rescuing us, and to allow God to provide for us and to change[ our] mourning into dancing. Jesus’ prayer takes courage: courage to praise God; and courage to allow God to transform us to be ever more wholesome and brimming with God’s gift of faith.