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Lent 1B


Lenten Prayer (Based on the Hebrew Scripture Readings for Year B.)

Copyright Katherine Hawker, 2003.

We seek salvation through our power
Yet you hang your useless bow in the clouds.

We seek salvation through our progeny
Yet your lineage follows lines of faithfulness.

We seek salvation through our independence
Yet your commandments plead for accountability.

We seek salvation through our denial
Yet you hold forth the serpent and beckon us to look.

We seek salvation through our intellect
Yet your wisdom is written on our hearts.

We seek salvation through our heritage
Yet you invite us to make a journey of faith.

May your invitation to journey
overcome our comfort with the familiar.

Amen.

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Reflection on the Bow (Based on Genesis 9:8-17)

Copyright Katherine Hawker, 2003.

The bow is hanging
upside down
lifeless
yet full of promise

The warrior stood erect
bow loaded
destruction
waiting to unfold

The object of rage
surprisingly insignificant
helpless
the arrow falls

Instrument built for destruction
hanging inverted
reclaimed
symbolic now of hope

Our lives are hanging
upside down
lifeless
yet full of promise

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