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Day 7, Lent

I have a good friend who is a pastor in Arkansas and a lover of poetry.  Each day during Lent she posts a poem that is meaningful to her or to the season.  She posted this one recently and I wanted to share it with you.

Possible Answers to Prayer

Your petitions—though they continue to bear   
just the one signature—have been duly recorded.   
Your anxieties—despite their constant,

relatively narrow scope and inadvertent   
entertainment value—nonetheless serve  
 to bring your person vividly to mind.

Your repentance—all but obscured beneath   
a burgeoning, yellow fog of frankly more   
conspicuous resentment—is sufficient.

Your intermittent concern for the sick,  
the suffering, the needy poor is sometimes   
recognizable to me, if not to them.

Your angers, your zeal, your lipsmackingly   
righteous indignation toward the many   
whose habits and sympathies offend you—         

these must burn away before you’ll apprehend  
how near I am, with what fervor I adore
precisely these, the several who rouse your passions.

Friends, Lent is a time of prayer and of repentance.  What is it that you are invited to repent of?  How might you experience the nearness of God this season and always?


Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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