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O God, by
your Word you marvelously carry out the work of reconciliation: Grant that in
our Lenten fast we may be devoted to you with all our hearts, and united with
one another in prayer and holy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Look. This bridge goes partway across the Rhone River at Avignon, France.  What is the first thing that captures your attention in this image?  Now look more closely.  See what appears to be structural integrity, interrupted abruptly.  Notice the people on the bridge, and on the far bank.  What thoughts or feelings come to you?

Reflect.  We are
reminded of the brokenness of creation, the disconnect and separation of people
from each other based on differences in skin color, beliefs, language,
culture.  At the same time we know that
the status quo is inconsistent with the Divine intention, which at its heart
embodies the reconciliation of all persons, living in peace with one another
and with our beautiful earth.  Consider
the unnecessary tragedy of the world as it is today.  And consider the words of the Collect prayer
today, as we are to become partners in carrying out the work of reconciliation,
as we are to become united with one another in prayer and holy love.

Act.  Find an
example of broken relationships in your own life, in your immediate community,
or in broader society.  Pray, then go
beyond prayer, and do your small part in re-building a bridge between persons
who are separated, alienated, or marginalized.

Thanks for
taking part in New and Contrite Hearts. Your comments are very welcome—let
others know what you saw and experienced. Until next time, may you have a most blessed
Lent.

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

Image:   “Bridge at Avignon ”   /Place: Rhone River, France     /Photographer: Jon Shematek

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