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Letting Go

Prayer for the 3rd week of Lentby Sarah Are If the trees can do it, then so can I,At least that’s what I tell myself.For if year after year the trees can let goOf their brightest leaves and that warm autumn glow,Then maybe in time, like trees with their leaves,I can releaseThat which keeps me…

Here

“Here”Daily Lenten Reflection SCRIPTUREJohn 19:26–27: “Here is your son. Here is your mother.” REFLECTIONHere: relevant, present, now Where is your family?With these words, Jesus continues some of the most important work he did in his life, even as he’s dying.He turns people toward each other.He offers them to each other.It’s what he did when he…

Who Among Us Does Not Thirst?

Lenten Reflection by Lauren Wright Pittmanon Isaiah 55:1-9 (posted below) REFLECT:Who among us does not thirst? Who among us does not feel hunger? We all thirst, and we all hunger, but some of us are so caught up in our busyness that we do not realize it. We may look long down our noses at…

Help Me to Love You, O Lord…

Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me. Thank you for the way, the truth , and the life, made known to us in Jesus Christ.Merciful God,please forgive my sins as I seek to forgive those who have sinned against me. Pour out the mercy you have revealed to us in Jesus Christ. Help…

Living Waters

by Bill Wallof Creator God, before your Christ, we know that any of our pretenses just won’t do. Our deceptions about what is important are washed away by the fountain of his humility and costly steadfast love. Before Jesus, we become aware of how short we come from doing the Maundy Thursday command to love…

Cultivate: A Lenten Prayer

CultivateBy Sarah Are I wish I could cultivate my daysLike my mother’s favorite recipe,Blending together the sweetest things—Hope and love, you and me,Justice and peace,Music and dreams—I’d add one cup of family,And one cup of grace.A dash of starry nights,A pinch of snow.One tablespoon of hope, and like oats, they would grow.A tablespoon of music…