One of Lent’s great lessons is the remembering just how much we are carrying. Sometimes we need to set out on a journey that seems too far and takes too long in order to recognize that we carry too much. We grow weary. Our legs wobble and our arms are weak. We find ourselves reacting and no longer responding. We seem restless and without focus. How can we tend to the matters of our hearts without strength and focus?
Imagine a Bag. Imagine a bag that is a bit old and worn. Imagine your Burden Bag. This bag has companioned you and you have filled it along the way. And it is now almost too full to carry, almost too much to even pick up.
Draw, sculpt, paint your image of this Burden Bag. Recreate images of what you’ve been carrying too long (i.e. guilt for a misdeed or misspoken words). Bring them to life. And then in the same way, recreate the images of what it would look like to unpack them from your Burden bag.
Breath Prayer: “Lay down” “my burdens”
Prayer: Holy One, you know us better than we know ourselves. In you are mercy and boundless love. Lead us, we pray so that through this freedom of letting go, our hearts may be broken open and we may be set free to follow you with new-found reassurance and great joy. Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.