Prayer for the Second Sunday of Lent
Creator of All,
Tree of Life,
Spirit among us:
as we wander deeper into the
wilderness of this season,
searching for paths among the
woods, be our companion
along the way less traveled.
The forest is calling us:
come. Come, stand among us.
Come where light and shadow dance
as branches sway with the wind.
Come in wonder and worship, you
powerful and powerless,
come, children and elders,
come, from all directions,
come, learn the secrets of life:
dormancy and growth,
interconnection and community,
rootedness and reaching upward.
We confess our devotion to independence,
our belief we can go it alone, and
our me-first mentality.
Heal us from our short sightedness
so we might see the forest for the trees,
recognize our dependance on you,
and our interdependence with all life
from mycelia to majestic pines.
Shelter us, O God, in the safety
of your strong branches.
Nourish and strengthen us, but
keep us humble of heart.
Tune our ears to your timbered voice,
and tune our hearts to praise.
- Wendy Janzen
Prayer for the fourth Sunday of Lent
Spirit of generous grace and lavish love,
We come to you in prayer with a
sense of confession.
We confess that sometimes we are
strong-willed, self-focused, adventure-seeking,
and lack a sense of connection,
accountability, or belonging
to the larger whole.
We act out of our own interests,
and fail to see the impacts our
actions have on those around us,
both human and more-than-human.
Forgive us for times when our
actions have hurt others.
Bring us into awareness that
everything we do has ripple effects.
Remind us that we are in communion
and community with all of creation.
Thank you for your forgiveness,
your acceptance, your embrace.
Pick us up when we fall,
give us a fresh start,
make of us a new creation,
make us partners in your reconciling work:
reconciling the whole world,
all of creation, to your heart.
-Wendy Janzen, 2019
Reflections, poetry, prayers, and resources written by Wendy Janzen and occasional guests.