Pause for Prayer: FRIDAY 2/28

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Unlike the approach of Advent when billions of dollars are spent on making sure we don't forget that Christmas is approaching, there's little or nothing in the world around to put us in a Lenten frame of mind and heart in preparation for Easter.  Suddenly, on a Sunday, you'll hear that Ash Wednesday is 3 days away.  And that's just what you'll hear on this coming Sunday.

So let today's Pause for Prayer help in preparing us for that season (Lent) which prepares us to celebrate Easter...

Lord, I'm longing for the spring to come
with its promise of light and new life...

The first day of spring is 3 weeks away
but come Wednesday, March 5,
with purple, prayer and ashes
a springtime of grace will dawn
and invite me to new life in you...

Lent is spring training
for my mind, my heart and my soul:
time to strengthen what's now weak,
time to tone up what's gone soft,
time to remember what I've forgotten,
time to let go what I don't need
time to find what I need the most...

Lent's a new beginning:
a time for taking stock,
a time to look within,
a time to be honest about my failings,
a time to make up for my sins,
a time to ask you for your pardon,
a time to set things right with you
and anyone I have hurt...

Lent's a season of your grace:
a time to speak to you in  prayer,
a time to listen for your voice,
a time to study your good Word,
a time to seek your truth and wisdom
a time to live as you command...

Lent's a time of mercy:
a time for me to give more freely
of all I have to give,
a time to give more generously
of the bounty that is mine,
a time for me to tend my neighbor's needs,
a time to reach out to the poor,
a time to empty out myself
and not to count the cost...

Lord, I'm longing for the spring to come
with its promise of light and new life:
help me begin, now, to turn my heart to you
and prepare for Lent,
for this springtime of your grace
in my mind, my heart and soul...


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