This life is given to me from the hand of God,
Lent out of eternity for my brief span
Which totters forward daily
Greying hair and growing experience marking
Of each year.
This time is given to us out of the life of God,
Forty days out of three years
Which mark the start
Starving and tempted Christ suffers
And the cold.
These moments are given by us into the hand of God
Forty days grudgingly marked out in self denial
Which share the passion
Of the suffering Christ
Our lives are offered back into the life of God
Our little suffering caught up as prayer
For all who share the suffering of the world
Cyclone and suicide
God, my beginning and ending
Lend me your peace and love
And I will lend you my small agony
For the redemption
Sarah Cawdell lives in Shropshire with her husband and three teenage children.