Generous God who fills the earth with abundance–
oceans and skies full of water, fields that yield food, flowers and birdsong and beauty of all sorts–
May we live with generous hearts, with open hands.
Humble God who became flesh and entered into our humanity–
who touched the untouchable, spoke to the outcasts, washed the disciples’ feet–
May we live with humble hearts, being tender with ourselves and each other.
Righteous God who longs for us to be in relationship with you–
through sincere prayer, fasting, worship, scripture reading, fellowship–
May we love you with all of our hearts, minds, and souls.
Walk with us on this Lenten journey, God.
Give us eyes to see the path you would have us take.
Give us ears to hear the truth you would speak to us.
Give us the wisdom to store our treasure with you,
so that our hearts may abide in your perfect peace.
Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS, where she has used this prayer in Ash Wednesday services. You can find more of her prayers and other writings indexed by scripture and season on her blog, Spacious Faith.
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