Breath Prayer: “known” “by heart”
Words hold meaning, stories, histories. They help us speak our truth, giving voice to what we value the most. Our words are often our greatest means of expression, bringing what we hold on the inside out.
We use phrases all the time, and more often than not in a few words we communicate just what we mean to say: going steady, shaping up, rise and shine. Knowing by heart. This phrase we use sparingly, purposefully. This phrase speaks to things that deeply connect to us.
Here in these Lenten days we are given the opportunity to faithfully remember all that we know by heart. Here in these Lenten days we are reminded of the fullness of our lives. Here in these journeying days we are re-connected to the One has called us by name since our very first breath. Here in these intentional hours we lean into the precious gift of being known by heart.
Prayer: Creating God, you know us by heart. From what was, to what is and into what will be you continue to lead us. May we step out in faith again this day, recognizing that these steps are familiar. In renewed confidence may we turn again into Your lovingkindess, giving thanks for all the ways you know us by heart. Amen.
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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.