with its promise of light and new life...
The first day of spring's still three weeks away
but come Wednesday, March 1,
with purple, prayer and ashes
a springtime of grace will begin to 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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