In Lent, the time leading up to Easter, many Christians undertake an inner pilgrimage.  To some, this may be seen as a time of giving up luxuries and exercising self-discipline as we recall the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness.  It is a time-limited journey of spiritual ‘spring cleaning’ where we can go deeper into Scripture and try to discover more about God and about ourselves.

Of course, this searching for God and allowing God to search us does not end on Easter Day, but particular times of intensity can be helpful, as few can maintain that all year round.

Adapted from ‘The Celtic Wheel of the Year’ by Tess Ward

Lure of our longing
draw us on our inner pilgrimage.
As the soil on land is ploughed and sowed,
prepare the ground of my being to do the soul-work.
Prepare my feet to walk the untrodden paths.
Prepare my hands to receive the unexpected.
Prepare my face to withstand whatever the weather.
Prepare my shoulders to offer strength to fellow-traveller.
Prepare my desire to sift my dreams.
Prepare my resolve to shift the shapes that I put in the way.
Prepare my discernment to see what is no longer needed.
Prepare my back to relax as you carry my load.
Walk beside me and lure me deeper into you this day.


from ‘the celtic wheel of the year’ by tess ward

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