Wilted palm branches and cloths placed on the floor in the shape of a cross
Maundy Thursday floor cross

O Holy One,

as Creation holds its breath,
we wait
we ponder
we search our souls.
we doubt
we step back in fear
we fail you.

grant us peace
give us hope
clear our minds
as we listen
for that first whisper
from the tomb,
as we watch
for that first glimmer
of resurrection light.

in this silence,
may we hear You.


Rev. Deborah Vaughn is a hospice chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists, and Assistant Minister at Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, MD. She blogs at An Unfinished Symphony and was a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is an avid Buckeye fan down to her scarlet-painted toes!

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