A Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Join me, won't you? (see previous Lent daybook 2018 posts here)
Is this your first time to practice Lent? Here's a simple introduction: How we prepare for Lent.
*Note: If you're reading this in email, the formatting usually looks much better at the website. Just click the post title to get there.*
music for today: "Precious Lord, Take My Hand / You've Got A Friend [Live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, Los Angeles 1/13/72]", Aretha Franklin
about the album: "January 13th, 1972. Watts. Los Angeles. The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church was in a swivet. [read more]" Watch the trailer for a film by Sydney Pollack documenting the making of the 1972 Franklin album was shelved by Warner Brothers. It remains unreleased.
all readings for today: Genesis 42:29-38, Psalm 71, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Mark 4:21-34
Spiritual practice for today:
Each week during Lent, we will devote Thursdays to acts of repentance. It's God's kindness that leads us to repentance, and in His kindness and provision for reconciliation, He invites us to make confession and ask for forgiveness on behalf of not only ourselves but our forefathers and mothers. We carry a heavy load of guilt and grief in our nation as a result of centuries of grievous sin and unrelenting injustice against African Americans.
I've added to my personal Lenten reading this year the brief daily posts called An American Lent, a collaboration between Coracle and The Repentance Project. I commend the readings to you, and if nothing else, consider reading and signing the call to action entitled Statement of Repentance.
If you only have time to read one post, read Monday's by Andy Crouch, including the articles he links such as Historical Context: Facts About the Slave Trade and Slavery.
Pray through the Reflection/Repentance prompts in the post. I've copied them here for your conviencence..
Not far from where you live there is a city — or you may live at its very heart. Its most coveted addresses are places of luxury of which Babylon or Rome could only dream. But that city also carries a legacy of violence — a history of treating people as profitable things. What is the residue of that legacy? Who bears its scars today? If that legacy were fully and truly judged, would you be one of the kings, merchants, and sailors who mourns the loss of wealth? Or would you say with the scorned of the earth, “Hallelujah! The smoke goes up from her forever and ever” (Revelation 19:3)?
For most of us, the best we can hope is that we would be in both groups. We have profited from exploitative economies past and present. But by grace we can also heed the call of Revelation 18:4, “Come out of her, my people.” Spend a few moments in prayer...
- Lamenting all the things that would be lost, and will be lost, in God’s judgment of our own nation and world,
- Lamenting even more the loss that has come as our economies have turned people into things, and
- Praying for the courage to resist evil and the lure of the "Babylons" of our day.
Prayerfully read through and consider signing the Statement of Repentance.
(see all Lent daybook posts from 2017 here)