Lent – a poem from Ana Lisa de Jong

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Giving God,
what do I give up,
this Lent?

For you

who remind me that
everything you have
given us is lent.


only for what,
it was meant.
A reason, a season or a day.

Everything is yours to give,
and take a way.

Giving God,
what do I release to you
this Lent?

My questions,

my answers, and
the prayers uttered
until I am spent.


why do you not
give us what we want?
Instead you will

that we should give
to you our all.

That empty,
we might count our benefits.

Ana Lisa de Jong
Living Tree Poetry