2/10/13

Monday Morning Offering - 226


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Good morning, good God!

Well, in 48 hours it will be Ash Wednesday...

I want, Lord
-actually I need-
for this to be a good Lent...

I need to start again, with you, with your help...

I want to be refreshed by making peace with you...

It's time for me to take a spiritual inventory:
to count my sins and number your countless mercies....

You offer me a season of grace, Lord,
and my heart so dearly needs
what you so freely give...

I've been here before, Lord,
so many times...

As with resolutions at New Year's,
my Lenten promises often fade away
before the ashes are brushed from my brow...

So, I offer you my past broken Lenten vows
and pray for your strong arm to keep me faithful this year
to my prayer, my fasting and my works of mercy...

I offer you a lifetime of unkept pious promises
and pray you keep me modest in my pledges
that this Lent I might, at last, be faithful -
even if only in a few small things...

I offer you, in advance,
whatever my Lenten failures might be, Lord,
and pray that when I stumble
your Spirit will pick me up, dust me off,
and set me back on the path marked out for me,
the path I pledged...

I offer you my ego, Lord,
and pray I take no pride in being faithful this Lent:
humble me with the strength of your grace
and sustain in me what I cannot do alone:
help me remember that without you
I can do nothing...

I offer you all my past false starts, Lord,
and pray you'll walk this Lenten path with me
from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday...

I offer you the 40 days ahead, Lord,
and pray you help me live this season
just one day at a time...

Help me to pray, a day at a time...
Help me to sacrifice, a day at a time...
Help me to be merciful, a day at a time...

Walk with me this Lent, Lord,
and remind me each day
that this season is first my offering to you,
and then a grace for me
that I might grow in my faith in you...

And as I walk this Lenten journey with your Church, Lord,
open me to the needs of my brothers and sisters
who walk beside me, behind me and before me...

Whenever, wherever I might be merciful,
make me as generous to others
as you have been to me...

One day at a time this Lent, Lord:
you and me, with the Church,
in the grace of your Holy Spirit...

Amen.



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