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Rend Your Heart

As we enter this Lenten season, this poem gives words to the brokenness we have been living under as we approach the second anniversary of the pandemic. Let these words wash over you as a reminder that, unlike previous Lents, we are already deconstructed. We look now to a season of healing with God as we eagerly await the spring, and await the new He will bring.

Rend Your Heart A Blessing for Ash Wednesday

By Jan Richardson

To receive this blessing, all you have to do is let your heart break. Let it crack open. Let it fall apart so that you can see its secret chambers, the hidden spaces where you have hesitated to go.

Your entire life is here, inscribed whole upon your heart’s walls: every path taken or left behind, every face you turned toward or turned away, every word spoken in love or in rage, every line of your life you would prefer to leave in shadow, every story that shimmers with treasures known and those you have yet to find.

It could take you days to wander these rooms. Forty, at least.

And so let this be a season for wandering for trusting the breaking for tracing the tear that will return you

to the One who waits who watches who works within the rending to make your heart Whole.

Take some time to meditate and journal through the ways you have experienced brokenness in the last two years as we prepare for restoration.


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