Daily Bread March 26

This Lenten Journey
David Brock of Redmond, OR, USA

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-even death on a cross. -Philippians 2:5-8

…[M]uch of what we call “spirituality” today is overly sanitized and sterile… spirituality [has lost] its bite, makes no demands, assumes no risks.  -Belden C. Lane, The Solace of Fierce Landscapes, Oxford University Press, 1998, p. 20

This Lenten journey

These forty days
     from Ash Wednesday
     to Good Friday

Hard climb
     on rock-strewn paths 
Trackless wander
     in windswept deserts
Lonely descent
     through fierce landscapes 

Forty years of wandering 
     from Egypt’s enslavement
     to Canaan’s freedom. 

Forty days of waiting
unfaithful below Mount Sinai
     for a word from God

Forty days of being led
     by the Spirit
into the wilderness
     to be tested.

This Lenten journey

These forty days
     from Ash Wednesday
     to Good Friday

We are not led
     by green pastures
do not lie down
     by still waters
are not comforted
     by rod or staff
do not yet dwell
     in peace and unafraid.

This Lenten journey

These forty days
Days of
     pain and confrontation
     cries for justice
And then

But only then

And not until then
     still waters
     green pastures

Prayer Phrase

I surrender into your love.

Spiritual Practice

Centering Prayer

Set a timer for 20 minutes. (If that feels like too much at first, choose a time that will be comfortable for you as a starting place, committing to expand that time in future prayer.) Allow the rhythm of your breath to draw you deeper and deeper into silence. As you breathe, claim one sacred word (Christ, peace, grace, trust, etc.) emerging in you as an anchor to return you to the intention of your prayer when your thoughts begin to wander. Gently release the thoughts and images that come, making space for presence to the One who is with you here and now. Release, return, “be vulnerable to divine grace” (Doctrine and Covenants 163:10b).

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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