God of setting out
and arrival
and of the road between
we lay down, with reverent attention
those things that we have taken up
to protect us
from You
and from one another.

We lay down the resentments we have tenderly nurtured and
the coveting that has kept us from our deepest self.
We lay down our mistrust of love and
our occasional or constant despair.

We lay them down gently
by the side of this Lenten road
on which we are asked to stay awake with You,
to remain with You,
trusting You
through all the questions
meant to live in us,
those questions we sometimes try to escape.

Our laying down of these things
is our confession,
our bending toward the freedom
from which we rise,
with renewed intention,
to follow You.