Come, O life-giving Creator,
and rattle the door latch
of my slumbering heart.
Awaken me as you breathe upon a winter-wrapped earth,
gently calling to life virgin Spring.
Awaken in these days of Lenten prayer and discipline my youthful dream of holiness.
Call me forth from the prison camp
of numerous past defeats
and my narrow patterns of being
to make my ordinary life extra-ordinarily alive,
through the passion of my love.
~Edward M. Hays
Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim: A Personal Manual for Prayer and Ritual, (Forest of Peace Publishing, 1988).