The photograph is of Robert Jahnke’s Ripeka Kahurangi (2015) and was taken by the author at the Auckland Art Gallery.

Dear God,

I want to write lofty prayers,
aspirations of laying down
and picking up
(worry/trust; judgment/compassion

I want to be full
of the spirit of the season.

I want to be
and prayerful
and have meaningful things to say.

I want to be good at it.
At Lent.
At liturgy.
At loving.

But this is the season of fasting.
Of letting go of all the wanting.
Of being with what is,
without all the extra distractions, and comforts.

So I am writing this prayer,
in all of its ordinariness.
I am praying
that I might let go of all the wanting.

Thank you for hearing me.
Thank you for meeting me.
Not because I am good at it
but because you are.

You are good at loving.

Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and expresses that ministry as a researcher, counsellor and spiritual director.

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