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5th March 2017 – An Uphill Struggle

5th March 2017 – An Uphill Struggle
March 3, 2017 Judith Simms

Lent is the time for us to draw closer to you

Gracious and Loving God.

It is not that you come nearer to us,

It is simply that we try to stay closer to you,

To find you and recognise you,

Because we are seeking more eagerly.


Lent is the time when we pause

To ask ourselves

Hard questions,

Wondering, sometimes,

Whether or not we want the answers;


that you enable us to confront the issues

Which most trouble us:

Pride and vanity,

Self sufficiency,

Lack of self esteem,

Of self awareness,

We can make a list.


You ask, Gracious God,

That we look on the Face of your Son.

In his light and in his love

We seek the strength

To be your true disciples.


You seek not to put down but to lift up.

Recognising we have gone astray,

You shepherd us gently back into the fold,

You nurture us and give us back the

Hope we need.

You forgive and welcome

Not once

But over and over again

And each time, perhaps

We resist temptation a little better.


As we climb the hill,

Ascend the stairway,

You guide our feet

Provide wayside seats

Offer refreshment.

May this Lent

Be filled with pauses to refresh and renew our living faith

So that,

The anticipation of the view

Nourishes and sustains us.


In the power of the Spirit



Reading: Romans 12

STF 465     Guide me O thou great Jehovah


Prayers for March by Hazel Parsons