February 23, 2008

A Lenten Prayer

As once again we make this journey to the cross of Good Friday, and to the astonishing empty tomb of Easter Sunday, we ask of you, Holy Spirit, that the gospel of our Lord Jesus will illumine this challenging way and make straight our harder paths.

As we make this trek, change us from within. Implant the living word deep in our hearts and cause it to take root. My we on that Friday die to all those matters not yet transformed by your love. And on that Sunday of all Sundays, may we be raised up to new life—fresh, lasting, blessed Christ-in-us life.

We do long for this sort of change, O Lord. But even when we do not, grant us the very longing we so desperately need to begin this journey.

Speak to us through the testimony of Jesus. Amen.