Rev. Kathi's Message
World Day of Prayer
Today is World Day of Prayer. This very special day is celebrated on the first Friday in March each year. This is a worldwide movement of Christian women that began in the U.S. and Canada in the 19th century and became worldwide in 1927.
This day is no longer celebrated only by women; many men and children participate, too. Each year, on this day, Christians of many cultures, traditions, and races, in over 170 countries around the world unite in prayer.
In honour of this special day, here is a prayer for the beginning of Lent:
There is a time in the day, Loving God,
when the light is fading and darkness has not yet descended.
In that liminal time, nothing looks like it should.
A blurring of edges makes things seem unformed, unfocussed.
You are in this interim time.
These forty days we have set aside and named Lent
are like a time of dusk for our spirits.
The light of Epiphany has ebbed away but
the deepest darkness still lies ahead.
We struggle to make our way,
uncertain of the path, unsure of our land marks.
The journey is slow and difficult, but you are there
and the more faithfully we push onward through the waning light,
the more refined our hearts will become
for our arrival at your Easter dawning. Amen.