05 March 2014

Ash Wednesday Prayer 2014

Dear God,

Approaching Lent I am transported back to the innocence of childhood joy. Of feeling excited about the magic of changing clocks ahead one hour to sync with longer days of daylight. Even then, there was something holy about my participating in the mystery of time. Not knowing when the beginning began nor its end, and yet, naively believing that my gently pushing the thin metal hands of the analog clock counterclockwise could somehow impact time that is Yours and Yours alone. 

For the next 40 days, may we use the extra daylight to be mindful “to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with [our] God.” Instead of focusing on forcing the fragility of our flesh to give up pleasures, may we seek opportunities to do more right, show more mercy, and take time to sit contemplating Your call for us to participate in redeeming time for Your glory. 

To You who makes months seem like minutes and a thousand years seem like a day, we submit ourselves this Lenten season to living out Your glory in all time that is in Your hands, in Your hands alone. 

‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’ 
/2 Peter 3:8-9 

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