LENT DEVOTION (WEEK 5)
Last week we allowed ourselves to embrace Christ’s light and practiced shining that light in our communities. What was it like? What steps did you take to live with the light and love of Christ? This week, as we move closer toward Passion week, our text today reveals to us both the agony and the necessity of Christ’s death and resurrection.
SCRIPTURE: John 12:27-33
What are some things that happen in the world that don’t seem loving or kind? How do you feel when you see them? Which of these unloving things feel remote or out of reach (something that happens “over there”)? Which of them are a part of your daily lives? What are some ways that we participate in these broken systems? What kind of life-giving action could you make instead?
As your act of fasting this week, we encourage you individually or as a family to choose a “system” in this world that is in need of God’s love and redeeming power. For example, you could fast from video game technology and create a family game that fosters family interaction. You could decide to not watch any TV, always call instead of text, eat at home instead of restaurants, only purchase fair trade items, etc. At the end of the week, share how you, with God’s help, actively challenged that system this week.
God of all creation, We come to you this week with mournful hearts. Hearts that are heavy. Hearts that are broken. Hearts that are disconnected from each other. We see the daily challenges of our world. We admit that we participate in systems that benefit us yet exclude or harm others. Forgive us for the ways in which we do not help as you do, work as you do, love as you do. Help us to see ways in which we can draw others to you and challenge us to commit to working towards a more just world. AMEN.