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Let your Spirit, O Lord, come into the midst of us to wash us with the pure water of repentance, and prepare us to be always a living sacrifice to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Look. This is a scene of rapidly flowing water as it cascades over rock formations.  What is your immediate sensation or thought?  Now turn your attention to one aspect of the image. Notice the contrast between immobile rocks and crashing water.  Imagine that you hear the roar of the dynamic waters.

Reflect.  Water is a pervasive symbol in human narratives, sometimes on an epic scale with flooding and destruction of creation, and at other times focusing on a minute drop of life-giving water.  While Christians generally believe that baptism by water is a one-time event, we can still relate to the concept of becoming pure, clean and renewed in the presence of water.  Imagine the Divine One coming into our midst, offering the clear, refreshing water…washing us.

Act.  Become aware, through prayer, that God is in our midst, helping us to lead a good and compassionate life.  Identify something in your life that cries out for water.  Perhaps to assuage thirst, perhaps literally to “clean up our act.”  What yearning do you have for the water that the Divine One provides.

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:   “Waterfall”   /Place: Torres del Paine, Chile /Photographer: Jon Shematek