Into the Heart of Lent — From the Psalms to the Cloud

On Mondays I have been sharing a few prayers from our new book “From the Psalms to the Cloud — Connecting to the Digital Era” (Mankin and Tirabassi, Pilgrim Press).In very different ways Sharon Benton and Sonja Ingrebritson’s prayers identify for me what it is like when Lent has been long and deep for the spirit.

Spring Forward

Our spirits leap with the lengthening days, God of Seasons –
they strain forward into the hope
brought by damp, fertile earth
and neon greens beginning to temper winter’s burn.

Our spirits leap with the hope Spring brings:
new life, new opportunity for healing,
new rhythms to enter and explore.

Our spirits leap forward,
even as our Lenten journey
leads us closer to Jerusalem;
leads us to face the worst humanity can accomplish
by our unjust institutions and
unexamined cultural expectations;
leads us to look within, to see where
transformation must take place
if wholeness is to come.

As the light of our days grows longer, Bright Sun,
shine on us that we might see those places within
that need your transforming touch – your Spring cleaning!
And shine your light on the places
where we might touch the world
and bring healing to it through our own shining lives.
– Sharon Benton
Prayer of Confession

One: God of our bodies, and God who met us through Jesus’ body,

Many: Forgive us for spiritualizing you,
making you irrelevant to the tissues and tendons of life.
Forgive us for spiritualizing you,
forgetting Mary’s birth pangs or your agony on the cross.
Forgive us for spiritualizing you,
dishonoring or neglecting our own bodies or the bodies of others.
Forgive us for spiritualizing you,
acting as single organisms when the truth is that we are a multi-organ body of creation.
Forgive us, and free us to live in our bodies for the sake of the One Body. Amen.

Assurance of Grace:

One: For this freedom, God has created us. For this freedom, Christ has redeemed us. For this freedom, Spirit continues to guide us.

Many: Thanks be to God.
– Sonja Ingebritsen

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2 Responses to Into the Heart of Lent — From the Psalms to the Cloud

  1. Ken says:

    Thank you so very beautiful.

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