First Sunday of Lent: A Prayer

[A prayer for Sunday 21 February 2021
To listen to the sermon and the prayer, click here
]

Lord, you know us far too well.
Better than we know ourselves;
Better than we want to know or be known.

We are not proud of our lives.
Oh, yes, there are things we have done
and things we have achieved.
But we have failed some of the more important tests:

We have not been the loving children we could have been;
We have not been the loving parents
or partners we could have been.

We have been chasing dreams instead of creating memories.
Looking for treasure instead of building relationships.
We have lived fearfully, hoarding what we have.
Yet you have called us to live generously
as you have lived with us,
To give, so that we can receive and give again.

You know us so well,
Yet you remain our loving heavenly Father;
Full of love for us, full of joy at the possibilities you see in us;
Delighted to spend time with us.

Jesus, our friend and brother,
Our Saviour and Lord,
We want to walk with you on this Lenten journey.
Help us to turn from our sins
and renounce those things that destroy relationships;
that create barriers among us;
that separate us from you.

Help us find ways to connect with you
and connect with one another in these strange times.
Help us share one another’s burdens,
Share each other’s pain,
and walk with each other towards the light of resurrection
to discover our place within your family.

In Jesus’ name.

Amen

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