A Lenten Prayer

Teach us never to forget.

When temptation’s barbs sink deep, snagging us short of true obedience, when weariness weighs eyelids shut as we should watch and pray, when parched throats thirst for savory sips of self-indulgence over bitter broth of sacrifice,

teach us never to forget.

When friends fall back into the crowd of callous calls, when shouldered woes break down our crumbling frame toward bruising cobblestone; when, in wearied haze, seeking encouragement from those who line our path we’re sprayed instead with venom from their lips,

teach us never to forget.

When flickering lives of loved ones fade as we hold their candles close, when brooding stormy atmosphere steals hope breaths yet to be drawn through ambient gloom, when disease’s dire hand wields ceaseless body blows, doubling us down in defeat, or wraps its wiry fingers around ones with whom we’ve shared life’s best to win from out our grasp, from out our soul its better half,

teach us never to forget…

that you’ve walked the lonesome valleys of our lives through barb-like snags, prayed without ceasing through parched throat that thirsted like ours, chosen sacrificial cup over flask of your own making, suffered reproach of foe and friend alike, fallen beneath timbers’ weight on the path to your life’s goal, wept from depth of soul as death laid claim to dear ones, laid hands upon the sores scratched out by fingers of affliction; and through all this mire of life’s low roads, have peaked upon the pristine Everest of our humanity in garments white, reaching low to lift us from our sinking muck to stand in radiance next to you forevermore.

Amen.

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