A Lenten Prayer

God take my fear and my trembling Take my pride with my filth

My life is but a vapor, filled with sin.

I bow knowing that this passing life

Does not deserve your grace and love.

I bow knowing that you pour it out anyway,

With a fiery grace that consumes all

That passes all understanding and quenches my thirst.

In my dirt, and greed, and turning away,

I come broken and aware.

I ask that you would cleanse me

With your blood shed.

I ask that you would touch my lips and touch my heart.

Take this life, that is but a vapor

And create beauty from the ashes.

Your cross bears my shame.

I pray that this death would join in yours

Crucifixion that sets all things right

And buries the old deep in the earth's dirt.