Wednesday, February 09, 2005

For Lent Ernest T. Campbell

As we near the hallowed grounds of Gethsemane and Golgotha, we
confess to a sense of unworthiness and shame.
Our deprivations are so few,
Our scars so scarce,
Our courage so seldom summoned,
Our passion so wasted on self.
Who are we that we should bear thy name or purport to be thy people?

Forgive us, God, for we know not what we do.
Expose the games we play with thee to stave off the moments of full
surrender; and help us to come as the sinners we are, that we may obtain
mercy and find help in time of need.
Our prayers we offer in faith and with thanksgiving,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ernest S. Campbell from Leo S. Thorne, ed. Prayers from Riverside, 40. Copyright@1983
The Pilgrim Press.

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