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Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Take a look at this map of  “The Pinsapar” hiking trail in southern Spain. If you can’t read Spanish, you may be able to decipher or understand some important information.  Notice each one of the many symbols at the top.  Take a deeper look and see how the sign provides useful guidance to help the hiker safely get from one place to another.


We are just at the beginning of our Lenten journey, and like a lost hiker, need guidance. These days it is difficult to locate a moral compass.  This is an apt moment to request direction from the Divine One, as we do in today’s Collect. Perhaps the very first thing that would be especially helpful is knowing where we are, knowing the starting point of our journey.  We wish that we had a large arrow and a red dot, just like the diagram, with words saying,  “You Are Here.”  And wouldn’t it be helpful, if we had signs right in front of us, advising us of what to do, and what not to do?  Consider that those signs are indeed visible, if only we would look.


Find a way to become aware of the direction your life is taking this Lent.   Pray for direction, to be oriented, and to follow the way of the Jesus Movement, wherever it may lead.  Look hard as you continue this journey, and find an example of compassion, find someone who cares for others selflessly.  It won’t be easy. You may be surprised to encounter someone who looks to you to be that example.

Music: “Ambient Sonata” Album:  Ambient Sonata Artist: Dee Yan-Key

Image:  Trail Map Place: Grazalema, Spain Photographer: Jon Shematek