None of the churches I have served have used a prayer before the scripture reading – a prayer of illumination and so this Lent I will write these each day – feeling my way into what it is to pray for understanding, for hope, for challenge in old, old words, translated again and again. these will be daily posts but there will be other more “normal” posts as well.
March 1, prayer before scripture – Ash Wednesday
God, I turn into ashes
all my preconceptions about this scripture,
all my safe, familiar interpretations.
Burn me with its newness.
Let it rise like the phoenix
with bright wide winged words. Amen.