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Lent: A Season of Courage

monarchcouragePastor Karen Brau sets the tone for the Luther Place community during Lent, with a prayer for courage.

It takes courage to examine ourselves
To search our souls
To face our broken-ness
To reflect on our habits and automated responses to life
To explore places we might not want to go

The wonder of this self-work
Is that it is part of our faith journey.

For Lent, we are using a poem written by Sue Monk Kidd:
To be fully human, fully myself
To accept all that I am, all that you envision
This is my prayer.
Walk with me out to the rim of life
Beyond security
Take me to the exquisite edge of courage
And release me to become.

Courage — on the edge of our inner life, looking in,
Is part of what we are exploring together this Lent.

We began Lent with Confession on Ash Wednesday — pointing at our own lives, noting where are offenses and where we have done evil things.

It takes courage to look over the edge pointing down,
Into the wreck of our lives, at the mess
And imagine the cross of Jesus Christ marking it all,
And God claiming it with Grace.

Taking the risk to confess,
We then plead for God’s mercy
And wait on the exquisite edge of courage
For the release of forgiveness
And the good news is that God gives it — forgiveness.
And as we receive forgiveness,
(Now that’s something that may require extra practice)
We are no longer isolated in sin,
For we are linked with each other
To become a grace filled community of faith.

May we begin this Lent again,
40 days of following Jesus and his cross,
With courage. And may our faith deepen and grow
By the grace of God’s love.

 

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