Yesterday as I sat listening to the Priest talking about covenants my eyes were drawn to the beautiful carved wooden crucifix, with two grieving women on either side. A fine example of the art of the carver, perhaps in loving thanks for the gifts of skill and artistry. In viewing such, one is often led to grief, guilt and sorrow but yesterday my thoughts, as they so often do, wandered in a different direction. For in his death Christ has brought us into a covenant of Love. Our Triune God says; I love you.

“I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.” – E. B. Browning

Finally if one is “Hell Bent” on giving something up for lent try these:

A Fasting Prayer

Fast from judging others; Feast on Christ dwelling in them.

Fast from fear of illness; Feast on the healing power of God.

Fast from words that pollute; Feast on speech that purifies.

Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger; Feast on patience.

Fast from pessimism; Feast on hope.

Fast from negatives; Feast on encouragement.

Fast from bitterness; Feast on forgiveness.

Fast from self-concern; Feast on compassion.

Fast from suspicion; Feast on truth.

Fast from gossip; Feast on purposeful silence.

Fast from problems that overwhelm; Feast on prayer that sustains.

Fast from anxiety; Feast on Faith.

Amen

This prayer was used in a daily devotion that I send out daily via e-mail, should you wish to receive it please contact me, and I will include you on the list.

By Graham Lavers, Licensed Lay Minister