During Lent, we will celebrate God’s abundance and generosity as we confess who we are before God.
This prayer is a gift from the heart of Thomas A. Langford, Wesleyan theologian and former dean of Duke Divinity School. I am blessed by it as Lent approaches.
Thy intention to give
exceeds our readiness to receive.
Thy boundless love
is restricted by our small vessels.
Thy generosity far exceeds
our responding reception.
Thy richness is restrained
by our poverty of expectation.
Thy expansiveness is channeled
through our small hearts.
Enlarge our capacity,
increase our receptivity,
open us to Thy full life.
Make us more able to receive
Thy generous grace.
I hope that you will write, as a Lenten gift for our life together, a reflection on your experience of God’s overflowing love. Using the online form, express your reflection in 300 words or less. Reflections will be collected until Feb. 5. Last year, we received over 40 writings, more than the days in Lent. Like last year, any reflections not included in the daily email may be selected for a print publication available after Easter.
Today, I give thanks for the gift of life, always undeserved, freely given. I give thanks for the gift of eternity, always undeserved, yet freely given. I give thanks for experiences of God’s grace and generosity. I look forward to being inspired each day in Lent by your reflections on your experience of God.
With gratitude for all our life together in Christ,