Move our hearts

Daily Reading for February 25 • Ash Wednesday

God bless this city

and move our hearts with pity

lest we grow hard.

God bless this place

with silence, solitude and space

that we may pray.

God bless these days

of rough and narrow ways

lest we despair.

God bless the night

and calm the people’s fright

that we may love.

God bless this land

and guide us with your hand

lest we be unjust.

God bless this earth

through pangs of death and birth

and make us whole. Amen.

A prayer by Jim Cotter, quoted in 2000 Years of Prayer, compiled by Michael Counsell. Copyright © 1999. Used by permission of Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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