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A Prayer for Lent (Methodist Church)

I stumbled across this prayer for Lent on the Methodist Church web site and thought you might find it helpful:

Forgive us Lord for our apathy,
for our lack of courage to speak out.
Forgive us when we walk past and don’t offer help.
Forgive us when we get it wrong.
We confess that we are afraid –
we don’t want to overcome our hidden doubts and prejudices
in order to be alongside those who are different from ourselves.
We ask that you would lead us into action:
give us strength to be a voice crying for justice and peace.
Help us to step into another person’s shoes,
or if they have no shoes
then not to be afraid to take off our own,

peel off our preconceptions and assumptions,
uncurl and spread out our toes, and
tread in their footprints.

May we be a liberating presence
and offer love, compassion and whatever is needed
to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.

Amen.

Source:
Take a look at the Methodist Church Web site

Tony is a Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45am and 9.20am). Tony is married with two children.

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