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O Lord, you relieve our necessity out of the abundance of your great riches: Grant that we may accept with joy the salvation you bestow, and manifest it to all the world by the quality of our lives; 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.  What is your first impression?  Now look more deeply. Notice the amazing variety of colors, the artful positioning of delicious-looking fruit. Perhaps at the people in the background.  As you take in this scene overall, and in some detail, what do you sense?

Reflect. Most of us live in a world of abundance, at least one that has abundant food, pure water, physical comforts, luxuries. Not so for the majority of humanity.  Consider the abundance of spiritual gifts that you have received as well.  Become aware of how they are what truly shapes the quality of our lives. Know that they come from the Divine One…peace, joy, wholeness. The Collect asks that we accept these gifts, and manifest them to the whole world.  How will you do that?

Act. This is a good day to be especially mindful of those who do not have access to even basic physical necessities.  Out of gratitude for both your physical and spiritual life, find some way today to share with someone who is in need.

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:   “Abundance” /Place: Street Market, Spain  /Photographer: Jon Shematek