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Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Look at this image of a mechanical object.  What is your first sense of this space?  Now look more deeply.  You may have no idea what this represents or its purpose.  Even so, what do you see?  What do you imagine is happening here?  To what purpose?

Reflect.  This scene from the engine room of a small ship powerful enough to travel through the rough waters where Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet.  This is an example of amazing physical power, propelled by fuel with meticulous precision.  Many of the stories that come from Scripture are about power and power struggles.  Between humans, and between the human will and Divine Will.  The Collect today reminds us that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves.  We are ultimately dependent on the One who created us.  Consider a dimension of power that you exercise in your own life and to what purpose.

Act.  Power can be life-enhancing and used for the common good, or can be destructive (to self and others).  Today identify your power to do some specific good, give thanks to the One who fuels that power, and take a step to use it.

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:   “Engine ”   /Place: Aboard the Stella Australis in the Chilean Fjords   /Photographer: Jon Shematek