Rise within me, Lord

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In my corner of the universe
spring waits, about to wake,
ready to rise from still-cold ground
though patches of snow,
warming to the sun in gardens
thirsty for April’s rains.

I know that spring will come, Lord:
a blooming green triumph over winter’s sway,
with breezes sweeping clean the sidewalks
and paths that lead to summer’s rest.

I’m sure that spring will come around me, Lord,
but I pray for a springtime deep within my soul:
a rising up of hope in a winter-chilled heart
through remnants of sin and hurt
to a mind thawed of worried fears,
to a spirit fresh with mercy’s morning dew.

I offer you my heart this morning, Lord,
waiting to wake, ready to rise,
to be lifted up by your loving hand.

Rise within me, Lord,
with grace, with mercy and newfound life.
Breathe your Spirit’s life within me,
sweeping clean the pathways of my heart.

Spring clean my soul for Easter joy
and resurrect my hope in you,
and in the season of your grace that has no end,
wake the springtime of your life within me.

And make me mindful, Lord, of others,
waking from their own wintry days.
Keep us patient with each other
as we stretch and bud and bloom and
wait for you in all the ways you spring to life
within us and among us.

So my hope and prayer for spring I offer you
this morning, Lord,
and through this week and on until
the peace of Easter rises in my heart.  Amen.

Fr. Austin Fleming, Priest serving in Concord, MA

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Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

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