Lord,

We’re moving deeply into Lent. 40 days of getting real with You, engaging in deep reflection, confessing our sins and regrets, repenting by changing direction and pushing all the junk out of our lives. That’s hard work. Really hard work. Work that often leaves us exhausted, depleted and despondent. 

So, Lord, thank You for this Sunday that is a day of respite, a time of renewal and an opportunity to be healed by Your grace so that tomorrow we will be ready to get back to our soul work. Reflecting even more deeply, confessing even more honestly, repenting even more seriously and working even more diligently. Not to prove how good we are – but to get ready for Your gift of resurrection.

We pray this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Amen.