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Almighty and most merciful God, drive from us all weakness of body, mind, and spirit; that, being restored to wholeness, we may with free hearts become what you intend us to be and accomplish what you want us to do; 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 toolbox.  What does your first glance tell you?  Now look more carefully. What especially captures your attention?  An individual tool? Their random arrangement? The apparent physical condition?  Something else? What do you see now?

Reflect.  These tools are simple, everyday items.  Some appear to have been around for a long time, and likely have been well-used for household repairs.  Consider our need for repair and restoration, as individuals and in community.  Recall some time of brokenness in your own life, in your common life with others, or in the larger world.  Who or what provided a tool to assist in repair?  What was that tool for you?

Act.  Know that you have a personal toolbox with skills that you can use to help bring s sense of wholeness to a broken world.  Pray that the Divine One provides you with the insight to identify a tool you can use today to assist others.  Then take it out of your toolbox and 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:   “Toolbox ”   /Place: Baltimore, Maryland  /Photographer: Jon Shematek