I Am the Resurrection & the Life

The Book of Common Prayer

Passages for Meditation

I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

None of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For if we live, we live unto the Lord, and if we die, we die unto the Lord. Whether we live, therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

God is our hope and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof rage and swell, and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the same.

There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most Highest. God is in the midst of her, therefore shall she not be removed.

Be still then, and know that I am God.

Lord, thou hast been our refuge
from one generation to another.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever the earth and the world were made,
Thou art God from everlasting, and the world without end.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday
when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God.

Our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
worketh for us a far more exceeding and
eternal weight of glory;

While we do not look at the things which are seen,
but at the things which are not seen:
For the things which are seen are temporal,
but the things which are not seen are eternal.

We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle
were dissolved, we have a building of God,
a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

The Book of Common Prayer is a collection of prayers from the Anglican Christian liturgy. This passage is published in Easwaran’s spiritual anthologies, “God Makes the Rivers to Flow” and “Timeless Wisdom.” The audio recording is by Eknath Easwaran’s wife, Christine Easwaran.