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A Prayer for the Beginning of Lent

A Prayer for the Beginning of Lent

Today we sit

between the season of light

and the season of darkness.

 

Today we revel

in the beauty of new life

and await the darkness that comes from death.

 

The season of Lent

will greet us this week

and walk with us towards the cross.

 

The lengthening days remind us

to keep reaching for the light

and trusting the glimpses of new life.

 

Help us to settle into the darkness

so we can see your light breaking through.

 

Teach us to open our eyes to suffering

so our hands can be instruments of healing.

 

Be with us in the breaking of our hearts

so we can find joy in you once again.

 

Create space in us to feel your presence

and to listen to your words.

 

Create space in our homes

to see all we do as worship.

 

Create space in our churches

to welcome the stranger and outcast as friends.

 

This season we will walk in darkness

trusting the light’s presence.

 

When we hear words about prayer and repentance and service

may they seep into our minds and hearts

and call us to a new way of being.

 

This is Lent –

darkness leaning towards light,

suffering turning to healing,

uncertainty coming to peace,

death bringing life.

 

Amen.

 

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: http://kimberlyknowlezeller.com or follow her work on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyKnowleZeller/

 

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