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confession: walking reluctantly

(inspired by Ann Weems’ poem “The Walk”)

For those of us who walk along this road reluctantly, Lent is not our favorite time of year.

You call us to rest and reflect, O God, but we’d rather be more active – planning and scurrying around. The Lenten season is too contemplative to suit us. Besides we don’t know what to do with piousness and prayer. Perhaps, Merciful God, 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 courage, O God, to hear your word and 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 in your path.

submitted by Rev. Shannon Meacham, Pastor, Ashland Presbyterian Church, Cockeysville, MD

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