Each Lenten season, Christians are called to grow in a spirit of reflection, prayer, and sacrifice in order to create space between themselves and the attractive nuisances of daily living that separate us from our spiritual foundation.
Whether it's an accurate self-perception or not, I fell more unsettled at the start of this Lent than I can remember in recent years. I need and want a good Lent, one that takes me into the "desert" where the distractions are fewer and the opportunity for prayer more apparent. Despite that aspiration, I'm unsure (at least as I write this the weekend before Ash Wednesday) of what my Lenten penances will be. Some years, it's been about giving up many things and hoping I stay away from some of them for the entire season. Other times, I've tried to be very focused on specific actions. So far, weeks of prayer seeking clarity about this year's Lenten journey have not yielded answers I've heard yet.
In any event, as we’ve done in past years, we are sharing a creativity prayer I wrote a number of years ago as a reminder to also seek out new creative inspirations from the reflection and quiet in the coming weeks.
A Creativity Prayer
Thank you for creation itself and the incredible gifts and talents you so generously entrust to me. May I appreciate and develop these talents, always recognizing that they come from you and remain yours.
Guide me in using them for the benefit of everyone that I touch, so that they may be more aware of your creative presence and develop the creativity entrusted to them for the good of others.
Help me also to use your talents to bring a creative spark and new possibilities to your world, living out my call to be an integral part of your creative force. Amen.
Copyright 2008, Mike Brown
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