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  by Ann Weems


Those of us who walk along this road

    do it reluctantly.

Lent is not our favourite time of year.


We’d rather be more active---

    planning and scurrying around.

All this is too contemplative to suit us.

Besides we don’t know what to do

    with piousness and prayer.


Perhaps we’re afraid to have time to think,

    for thoughts come unbidden.

Perhaps we’re afraid to face our future

    knowing our past.

Give us courage, O God,

   to hear your word

    and to read our living into it.

Give us the trust to know we’re forgiven,

   and give us the faith

    to take up our lives and walk.