Have you ever considered that Lent and the story of Noah and the Ark are full of rich, powerful and similar imagery?
They are both events of 40 days and have been linked by the Church for many years. We as humans experience them as forty storm tossed days, not knowing where they will lead, images of death, destruction, yet in the end New Life and a re-Creation where all things are made new. A new World after the Flood, and in the Resurrection a new Kingdom.
God of the covenant, as the forty days of deluge swept away the world’s corruption and watered new beginnings of righteousness and life, so in the saving flood of baptism Your people are washed clean and born again.
Throughout these Forty days, we beg You, unseal for us the wellspring of Your grace, cleanse our hearts of all that is not holy, and cause Your gift of new life to flourish once again.
Grant this through Jesus Christ, our Liberator from sin, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, Holy and Mighty God for ever and ever.