and renew a right spirit within me and
all who come to You this Lent with
repentance and sorrow for our sins.
When we give in to passions not in
line with Your love, do not just cover
them over with ashes, Lord! Cleanse
us with Your washes of pure forgiveness,
and restore us with Your embrace, so we
can face You again without any shame.
Help us to glow this Lent, Lord, and –
everywhere we go and in all things – help
us to praise and bless Your Holy Name.
by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016