And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,
in which you formerly walked according
to the course of this world,
according to the prince of the power of the air,
of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
Among them we too all formerly live
in the lusts of our flesh,
indulging the desires of our flesh and of the mind,
and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
But God, being rich in mercy,
because of His great love with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
made us alive together with Christ
(by grace you have been saved),
and raised up with Him,
and seated with Him
in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
so that in the ages to come
He might show the surpassing riches
of His grace in kindness
toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God.”
Ephesians 2: 1-8
Lord God, thank you for making us alive through Christ Jesus our Lord! Amen.