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Meet Me in the Desert (A Lenten Prayer)

The desert landscape in southern Balochistan

The desert landscape in southern Balochistan, flooded by Cyclone Yemyin in 2007, forced many families to relocate. CRS provided families with clean water, sanitation facilities and shelter from the summer sun. (Staff/CRS)

Lord of Lent, Lord of Easter,

As you went into the desert
So do I follow
Putting aside that which distracts me
Grabs at me
Falsely claims me.

To search inside
To confront myself
My best, my worst
My good works and my sins.

And each time, I find you there
To call to me again
With words of challenge and words of mercy.

And as I fall to my knees, in prayer, in fasting
In sacrifice and penitence
Somehow, you have it in yourself to reach out
   and gently lift me
To renew me
To claim me as nothing of this world can claim

Meet me in the desert, Lord.
Claim me anew.


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