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A Prayer for Entering Lent

A Prayer for Entering Lent

A Prayer for Entering Lent

God of mystery and wisdom,

be with us this Lenten season.

It’s been a long way, already

sickness, worry, isolation, fear, waiting

our hearts are heavy

our souls are weary

our bodies are hurting

our hope is wavering

yet, you are with us.

 

God of mystery and wisdom, 

be with us this Lenten season. 

Show us your grace

in the small moments of silence

the prayers offered in person or virtually

the kindness of a stranger

the lighting of a candle

the listening to a friend

the care of neighbors,

you are with us. 

 

God of mystery and wisdom, 

be with us this Lenten season. 

Settle our hearts

revive our spirits

increase our faith

spread our love. 

 

God of mystery and wisdom, 

be with us this Lenten season. 

In ashes and dust

reading and listening

wandering and walking

praying and singing

eating and fasting

show us the way forward.

 

God of mystery and wisdom, 

be with us this Lenten season. 

As we walk to the cross

keep our eyes fixed

on you and your love –

caring for others

crossing boundaries

reaching out to the poor

taking our pain

transforming death into life

over and over again. 

 

God of mystery and wisdom, 

be with us this Lenten season. 

 

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website, follow her work on Facebook, or sign up for her monthly newsletter

 

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