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God of hope
God of life
Now begins the holiest of weeks
The Lenten journey concludes
through pain
sorrow
despair
illness
loss
fear
anger
hatred
vitriol
grief

Through a (self) examination of
all the ways we work against You –
against your hopes and dreams
O God
for creation
against Your love poured out
in flesh and blood –

we hang our heads and
bow our hearts
seeking Your forgiveness
hearing for Your guidance
desiring Your compassion

Fill us, we pray, with the ability to
turn to You, kneeling before Your grace
open our spirit that we take You in
let You in
receive You in
taking You in.

Into our hearts and minds and souls
breath
inspiring
turning to You
returning to You
transformed in
and by
and through
You.

Transformed once more
this day, this week
into a new self
me. you.

May we become a new people
a gentler people
a people of love
of compassion
born anew
from our deepest sorrow
through the breadth of Your
forgiveness and love.

And then, may we do likewise,
forgive and love.
Amen.

(Poem prayer and photo by Terri C. Pilarski)

The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a member of RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice.

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