Loving Lord of
life; as we journey through this holy season of Lent, give us grace and
strength to make the changes that are needed in our lives, and in so
doing, may we be open to your leading. Keep us mindful that you are
with us in every moment, offering us the strength and creativity to
choose what is right. Amen.
this is a hard time. The focus of Lent is on the pain and suffering of
Jesus and our own need for penitence. It is a time of gathering
darkness. But we would rather skip this part and go straight to Easter.
We would rather ignore the suffering—in you and in the world—and avoid
the hard work of true self-examination. Forgive us for wanting this to
be bright and painless and easy, when we know that Jesus did not take
the easy way, but chose the path of the Cross. Teach us the true
meaning of penitence, so that we use this Lenten season to humbly seek
a clean heart and a renewed spirit. We pray in the name of Jesus
|Prayer (all pray together):
Accomplish in us, O God, the work of your salvation that we may show forth the transformative power of your love.
By the life and
death and transformation of Jesus Christ, bring our minds and hearts to
such a depth of understanding that we, too, accept the full promise and
challenge of your love. Amen.