God we thank You that in a world filled with selfish ambition, where too often our tendency is to turn inward and contemplate our own desires despite the suffering that surrounds us. We are grateful that this 40-day journey calls us deeper into a story that reminds and informs us of the truth of who we really are, and that You came into this world to reveal Yourself in love and in grace. To show us and to lead us to turn outward and share that love. Lord, we ask that You:
* Expand our hearts that we may learn to truly love.
* Give us ears to hear the scriptures in a new way and discover the path of our own exodus.
* Give us the patience required to learn, and the faith to know that you are all that we truly need.
We believe that just as the Hebrews needed an exodus from Egypt, and from the slavery under Pharaoh that we in our culture, are being called in many ways into the wilderness. We live surrounded by a wealth that defies the imagination of our poorer brothers and sisters, yet we live with this fear that there will never be enough. May we hear your Voice and respond by answering the call. Amen.