Note: As a personal, spiritual discipline, reviving my practice in the Lenten season of 2017, I revise the prayers I wrote then for each of the forty days of this Lent; each petition focusing on a theme, a concern weighing on my mind and heart or a care of my soul and spirit.
On signs (being a meditation on Exodus 13.21-22)…
O God of wonder, in Your gracious Governance, You gave unto Your people, sojourning through the wilderness from captivity to liberty, the guidance by day of a pillar of cloud and, by night, a pillar of fire.
Many a day, many a time during these days, life, for me, seems, is barren of ease, desolate of comfort; bounding on every side with the ravenous beasts of suspicion and misunderstanding, anger and insult, fear and reproach.
Send, O God, a sign of Your abiding Presence and abundant Power to help me hold in the hands of my prayers the heart of my hope that come whate’er, come whene’er, come howe’er, I may rest in Your Love.
Illustration: The Pillar of Fire, Paul Hardy (1862-1942)