Wilderness times invite integrity, truth-telling, and lament. There is great suffering in the world, in communities, churches, and families. We can be honest in expressing to God our hopes and our fears, our anger and our despair. Our spiritual ancestors modeled for us the practice of lament, of expressing our deepest grief and sorrow to God. … The Holy One invites us to lay our prayers at the base of Christ’s cross and to know that God hears our cries. God is our hope.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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But you, O LORD, do not be far away!
O my help, come quickly to my aid!
—Psalm 22:19 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, help me walk through the wilderness of these days remembering who I am and whose I am. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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