First Week of Lent Meditation


Great and holy God
awe and reverence
fear and trembling
do not come easily to us
for we are not
Old Testament Jews
or Moses
or mystics
or sensitive enough
Forgive us
for slouching into Your presence
will little expectation
and less awe
than we would eagerly give a visiting dignitary.
We need
neither Jehovah nor a buddy —
neither “the Great and Power Oz” nor “the man upstairs.”
Help us
to want what we need….
and may the altar of our hearts
tremble with delight
Your visitation

— Frederick Ohler (USA/Contemporary)

Mosaic Holy Bible, New Living Translation, Second Edition, Tyndale House Publishers

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