Good News About LentNew Every Morning | March 21, 2023
The good news for us, unconfused and clear, is that no particular Lenten journey is more perfect or right than another. Our journey to Easter is ours and no one else’s. No other person can travel there for us, nor can we for them; and yet we all will end up at the same destination—Easter morning outside the walls of Jerusalem! And because we have adjusted our lives a little or a lot to follow Jesus through the ups and downs, the deserts and roads of Lent, we can also count on one other truth that will become clear when the dust settles: we all will find ourselves at a different place than where we began.
—Pamela C. Hawkins, The Awkward Season: Prayers for Lent
(Upper Room Books, 2009)
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Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love.
—Psalm 51:1a (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O loving Christ who waits for us all to move forward, to change inward, to love outward. Wait now with me as I long and learn to become more like you. Guide me to wait with the lost, to stand with the weak, to have a heart for the brokenhearted. Amen.
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