Lent is a season of preparation for Easter and has traditionally been observed by reflection, self-examination, and self-denial as we strive to be more conscious of God’s many gifts. Our church’s tradition has been to offer a Lenten program that invites us to recognize all our blessings and to forego some of our indulgences such as a restaurant meal or that extra bottle of wine. The money saved is then given to the Lenten Project.
This year we would like to offer the opportunity to share from our abundance with the people of Ezo, South Sudan, particularly focused on funding school supplies and food for schoolchildren. Many years ago, a person very close to me answered my query about some of her actions by telling me that “you have no idea what it is like to be poor.” That was a sobering reminder that I don’t know what it is like to be poor and hungry and probably never will. The people of South Sudan are desperately poor, hungry, and vulnerable, and yet many still hold fast to their faith. We can offer a small gift to show them reason for hope.
As we pray, “let not the hope of the poor be taken away,” help us to do that this Lenten season by foregoing something from our abundance and sharing it with the people of Ezo. Let us abide by our covenant with these people and show them a reason for hope. Gifts should be designated “Lenten Project” and God bless during this Holy Lent.