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lenten prayer: day 18

March 9, 2010

Prayer of Endings

Lord God, thank You for endings
Remind us that redemption must first meet the cross
May we remember our seasons of birth and death
And see them as they scatter themselves through our springs and winters
May we permit the pain that comes with newness
And not forget the hope that bridges the two
Allow us courage to accept last chapters, vision to see the next beginning
And wisdom to know the difference
May we remember that grace was birthed in last hours
And in those moments, it abounds all the more.

Sometimes, endings and beginnings bleed together so much that I can’t really tell which one is which. What I have always considered to be a linear start and finish might be something more like a story that is getting told and retold in our lives, but not a story in the traditional “beginning, middle, end” sense.  Rather, the story is a word: redemption, renewal, refreshment and rebirth — something constantly moving and shaping us in ways that cannot fit onto a timeline or be penciled down as times or places. It’s easier to think of them as something tangible, because they become something we can hold on to. But I don’t think it’s supposed to work that way. Endings permit beginnings and beginnings permit endings — the moments where something begins and ends are one in the same. When we try to pull them apart, categorize them and place them neatly on a timeline, we mess up the story.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Grandma permalink
    March 10, 2010 9:32 am

    Caroline…Well done…awesome thoughts. I think of the line in Amazing Grace….”When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright as the morning sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.” Now that is a promise that has no end. Father, give me more of You.

  2. Caroline permalink*
    March 10, 2010 8:07 pm

    @ Grandma!

    Ahhh, a promise with no end. A beautiful thing to remember.

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