[This resource is also included in our Wilderness Lent Bundle]
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This collection of 8 poetic prayers explores the Wilderness theme. Each poem reflects on a different type of wilderness space through which we may journey. Honest and intimate, these poems offer Lenten meditations that might become prayers of your own. We hope you might adapt them for worship liturgy, use them to open and close programming events, or print them as they are for members in your community to read and return to throughout the season of Lent.
Prayers written by Sarah Are.
PDF print-ready file of the prayers (for you to print and distribute to members, or copy/paste for worship liturgy). PDF includes 8 poetic prayers inspired by the following themes:
ASH WEDNESDAY | The Wilderness is Somewhere We’ve Been Before
THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT | The Wilderness is a Place of Beginnings
THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT | The Wilderness is a Place of Mystery and the Unknown
THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT | The Wilderness is a Place of Isolation; It Is Also a Place of Connection
THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT | The Wilderness is a Place of Disruption
THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT | The Wilderness is a Place of New Life—Resilient Life
HOLY WEEK | The Wilderness is a Place Where We Are Brave
EASTER | The Wilderness is the Birthplace of Joy
Print the prayers and distribute them to members in your community
Adapt the prayers as your Call to Worship or opening prayer for worship
Use the prayers in a bible study group or Sunday school to deepen your reflection throughout Lent
Use the poetry as a meditation during the sermon
Use the poetry to inspire your own liturgy and sermon writing
Print the poetry in your bulletin (perhaps as the bulletin cover)
I used to think the wilderness would never end.
I called my mom and asked—
“Does time really heal all wounds?
Do the pieces ever fall back into place?
Does the wilderness go on forever?”
So she told me about the horizon.
She said, “There is an edge,
Where the earth meets the sky.
And when you’re there,
You will see daisies in the sidewalk
And the sun after the rain.”
I asked her to draw me a map
And she cried,
Because she knew this road was mine to walk,
But she promised to wait for me,
Day in and day out,
For as long as the wilderness raged. . . .
—Sarah Are, from “The Wilderness is a Place of New Life—Resilient Life”
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Prayers by Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org