Our Mother, this Lent we journey in the desert with you again
to remember our story of faith, and our connection to each other.
We are a joyful people,
grateful for family,
for opportunities to serve each other,
for Spring coming again.
But we are also an anxious people,
a fearful people,
a grieving people.
We are thirsty.
We are hungry.
We need your water, waters of healing and comfort, waters of hope, waters of welcome.
We need your fruit, fruit of commitment, fruit of determination, fruit of inspiration.
We pray for people waiting in actual deserts,
deserts of water in the Midwest flooding, and deserts of sand.
Searching for a new home,
grieving the homes they were forced to leave behind,
praying for a new community to welcome them.
Help us to remember Jesus' ministry as bringing together all people,
calling us to sit together at the same table and be One Human Family.
May we live into that vision he gave us
by saying together the prayer that Jesus taught us: The Lord’s Prayer...