As I was looking through my Lenten folder…

Dear Congregation,

As I was looking through my Lenten folder, I found a favorite poem I’d saved and thought I’d share it with you. I hope it speaks to you as it does to me, words of challenge and promise.

Lenten Psalm of Awakening
by Edward Hayes

Come, O Life-giving Creator,
and rattle the door latch
of my slumbering heart.
Awaken me as you breathe upon
a winter-wrapped earth,
gently calling to life virgin Spring.
Awaken in these fortified days
of Lenten prayer and discipline
my youthful dreams of holiness.
Call me forth from the prison camp
of my numerous past defeats
and my narrow patterns of being
to make my ordinary life extra-ordinarily alive,
through the passion of my love.
Show to me during these Lenten days
how to take the daily things of life
and by submerging them in the sacred,
to infuse them with a great love
for you, O God, and for others,
Guide me to perform simple acts of love and prayer,
the real works of reform and renewal
of this overture to the spring of the Spirit.
O Father of Jesus, Mother of Christ,
help me not to waste
these precious Lenten days
of my soul’s spiritual springtime.

Blessings on your Lenten journey.

Pastor Candy Thomas
Interim Pastor
Christ Congregational United Church of Christ