Catch Me In My Scurrying

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I don’t know about you, but for me, Lent this year has been a complete blur. It feels like Ash Wednesday was five minutes ago, and now here we are charging head-long into Holy Week. It’s a pointed reminder that just because the liturgical calendar tells us that this is a season for paying attention and taking time, for reflection, and awareness…it doesn’t mean that our lives get any less full of mundane tasks, or that days get any slower. Ted Loder’s poem, reflecting on the Lenten Season seems to echo this longing for the Spirit of God to break in, and shake things up:
Catch Me In My Scurrying
by Ted Loder
Catch me in my mindless scurrying, Lord
and hold me in this Lenten season:
hold my spirit to the beacon of your grace
and grant me light enough to walk boldly,
to feel passionately,
to love aggressively;
grant me peace enough to want more,
to work for more
and to submit to nothing less,
and to fear only you…
only you!
Bequeath me not becalmed seas,
slack sails and premature benedictions,
but breathe into me a torment,
storm enough to make within myself
and from myself,
something new,
something saving,
something true,
a gladness of heart,
a pitch for a song in the storm,
a word of praise lived,
a gratitude shared,
a cross dared,
a joy received

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