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Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Look at this image of a small ship in the open sea.  What is your very first impression?  Now look more closely, appreciating the size of the boat and the immense waters in which it floats.  Focus on the sky. The cloud formations, the light, the dark.  What thoughts or feelings emerge for you?

Reflect.  Today’s Collect acknowledges the rapid changes in our world, and our serious need for a place to anchor our hearts.  Just as the weather is full of surprises for us, so is our whole life.  We do not know if one day will be stormy, the next calm.  Whether we will be aimlessly adrift, or safely settled in a quiet harbor.  Recall a time when your faith helped you get from one day to the next, no matter what changes occurred.

Act.  This is a good day to immerse yourself in prayer, saying something like “O Lord, my boat is so small, and the sea is so big.”  Find a way to trust the Divine One to bring you, and others about whom you care, safely to shore.

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:   “Small Ship, Big Sea ”   /Place: Cabo Hornos, Chile  /Photographer: Jon Shematek