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4/1/2017 10:13:00 AM
A special prayer for Lent to open hearts and minds

By Teri Ditslear
Joy in the Journey


Like many churches around the world, Roots of Life Community is intentionally submerged into the season of Lent. We are in week four, of the six-week journey. Typically, fasting, repenting, and reflecting on our life as a disciple of Jesus mark this season. Some of keep journals of daily blessings and challenges; some of us have given up tasty foods, have given more time for prayer, and maybe have delved into a Bible study specifically related to Jesus' journey to the cross. Traditionally, Lent was also a season of readying people for baptism. Jesus' ministry really began by John the Baptist heralding the arrival of the one who would not only baptize with water but also the Holy Spirit. After Jesus was baptized he gathered his friends together and he began to teach them about the way to live, in order to be right with God.

The first step is to take part in the great bath of baptism, recognizing our sinful nature, asking for forgiveness, and then letting the cleansing water and word of God clean you up and fill you with God's love. It is meant to be a communal event, shared with the people who will love us, challenge us and teach us. And while I believe that Baptism occurs only once, I always remember my baptism daily. It is a simple prayer, to remind myself that God is with me and loves me just the way I am.

Marcia McFee wrote a beautiful Lenten prayer, which the people of Roots of Life will say together on Sunday morning. A prayer to the God of Righteousness; may these words open our hearts and minds to accept God's will, and to be known as the people who love all.



God of Righteousness,

May I fully embrace the truth that your

Holy Word names as evil all forms of

injustice and oppression.



May I have the courage to confront

the injustices I witness.



May I be willing to open my mind

and broaden my understanding of

discriminatory practices and positions

of which I was once ignorant.



May I not stand idly by when another

culture, language, or race is used

as the punch line of ill-fated joke.



May I speak out against systemic policies

and practices that continue the oppressive

privilege of the powerful over against the less powerful.



May I live my faith by believing that

the common good is served when all

have enough, and that in your economy,

there is always enough for everyone.



But, righteous God, before I endeavor

to do any of these things, may I find

the courage to confront the evil and

injustice that resides within me. Amen.



P.S. Feel free to post this prayer on your refrigerator or on the inside of your medicine cabinet, I cannot think of any more powerful words to live by, until the whole world loves.





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