Lent, Day 40: A breath prayer for Holy Monday.

Fill me with a faith to move mountains…

… flow from me in forgiving love.
I’ve been trying to think about a way to incorporate a personal worship element into this Holy Week’s devotionals… for those of you whose churches may not have a Holy Week tradition, as well as for myself. With our kids at these ages, it is difficult for us to attend weekday or nighttime services, so for now we are “on our own” to mark the days of this set-apart week.
Once I realized it was perhaps (!!!) unrealistic to think of designing full-on home-and-family worship services on the spur of the moment, I decided instead to offer a breath prayer for each day until Easter. I’ll send out the breath prayer every morning, so hopefully you (and I) will be able to have it in mind throughout the day. The regular reflection will come, as usual, later in the afternoon or evening. These breath prayers, like the reflection, will be inspired by the day’s scripture reading.
If you’re unfamiliar with the practice of breath prayers, they are brief–two line–prayers or meditations… brief words to help turn our thoughts toward God. You can use them anytime, anywhere; you can breathe the prayer once, or slowly and repetitively. As you take a breath in, simply say the first line of the prayer in your mind and heart; as you breathe out, say the second line. Typically breath prayers are formatted so that the “in” line is a prayer for filling, entering, nourishing, and the “out” line is a prayer of giving, letting go, release. You can jot the words down and carry them along with you in a physical way, as well as in a spiritual way, throughout this day.
I hope these brief prayers will help you to slow down and truly participate in this Holy Week.
Blessings to you.

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