Those of us who walk along this road
do so reluctantly.
Lent is not our favorite time of year.

We’d rather be more active—
planning and scurrying around.
All this is too contemplative to suit us.
Besides, we don’t know what to do
with piousness and prayer.

Perhaps we’re afraid to have time to think,
for thoughts come unbidden.
Perhaps we’re afraid to face our future
knowing our past.

Give us the courage, O God,
to hear Your Word
and to read our living into it.
Give us the trust to know we’re forgiven,
and give us the faith
to take up our lives and walk.

(Ann Weems: Kneeling in Jerusalem)

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