March 9 is Ash Wednesday, the 1st day of the season on Lent. Lent is traditionally a time where we give up something in order to focus more on Jesus and the cross. Lent begins 46 day’s before Easter Sunday. On Easter Sunday we end the Lenten fast and celebrate the resurrection of our savior Jesus.
In years past I have given up music, certain kinds of food, coffee and alcohol. Now none of these are inherently wrong, but in giving them up I was replacing my consumption of them with a concentration on Jesus and the cross. 2 years ago during Lent I dreamed of putting together and walking through 40 day’s of prayer and Justice. To spend my Lenten season looking at and praying for the poor and oppressed of our world. Each day I wanted to focus on the needs of the world and pray for them and act on behalf of the poor in some way. This began my journey towards seeing the Steps Of Justice Prayer and Action guide come together.
This is how Christine Sine approaches the season of Lent. “The second freedom we should work towards during Lent is the freedom of liberation from slavery – not just for ourselves but for all humankind. For millions of workers, long Sunday hours for rest and worship may be impossible within the current system. People who know the Sabbath pattern of creation, liberation and resurrection nurture a dissatisfaction with this system and work for change. Part of the purpose of Lent is to become dissatisfied with our own bondage and the bondage of others. It is about looking for ways to bring freedom and liberation not just for ourselves but for all who live in the bondage of poverty, imprisonment, servitude or injustice.” For more on Lent by Christine check out her blog.
This year for Lent I would love to go through the Steps Of Justice Prayer & Action guide with you. We are currently working with some friends to see the guide published and distributed at youth conventions, Amazon on line and book stores. So, we are wanting to see as many people going through the guide as possible. The price for the guide was $6, but for Lent we are selling the guides for $4.50. If you have purchased the guide before would you consider recommending one for a friend, or ordering one for a friend. If you have not seen the guide this would be a great time and would give be a great resource to go through during the Lent season.
What would it look like to see 100’s of us praying and doing justice over a 40 day period? I believe we would see many lives changed, including our own. I believe that through prayer we can move the heart of God to act. I believe that our intercession for the world is effective and brings freedom, once again not only to the world, but also to us. Now I realized that the guide is only 30 day’s. We will also be doing things online that you can follow along with that will complete the 40 day’s.
To order your prayer guide for Lent please go to the Steps Of Justice site. Lent starts in 13 days, so if you are in the USA you will have to order by March 5, Canada by March 1 in order to get it for Ash Wednesday. Thanks so much for caring for justice and we pray this years Lent will bring much change in our lives and the lives of others.