Lent Daybook, 20: Do we not have the right to eat and drink?

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.*


    "Siblings Julie, Antonio, and India Abram collect their daily allowance of bottled water from Fire Station #3. Located on Martin Luther King Avenue, it is one of five firehouses that have become water resource sites in Flint, Michigan." by Wayne Lawrence, National Geographic ( source )

 

"Siblings Julie, Antonio, and India Abram collect their daily allowance of bottled water from Fire Station #3. Located on Martin Luther King Avenue, it is one of five firehouses that have become water resource sites in Flint, Michigan." by Wayne Lawrence, National Geographic (source)


music for today: "The Greatest Gift", Sufjan Stevens (lyrics)

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Then Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to meet Israel his father in Goshen. He presented himself to him and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while.”

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”As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.”

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”This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to eat and drink? Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?”

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”And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
— Genesis 46:29 * Psalm 42:1 * 1 Corinthians 9:3-8 * Mark 6:41-44 (ESV)

* Monday - Thursday Scripture readings are taken from the Book of Common Prayer (Year 2). On Fridays, I'll include the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday which are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B).


prayer for today:

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, especially mine, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatred cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— The Pilgrim's Prayer for Repentance via An American Lent (therepentanceproject.com)

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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 Tuesday's post ("Nutrition and the Food We Eat") by Max Finberg, including the articles he links such as the USDA's Food Insecurity by Household Characteristics (one out of five African-American households (21.5%), and one in 10 (10%) White households)

  • Read Proverbs 20:17 and Leviticus 19:9-10. Listen to the Holy Spirit's prompting and conviction as you read.

  • Read the USDA's definition of "food deserts" and interact with the food access atlas

  • Pray through the Reflection/Repentance prompts in the post, and with each meal today pray for those who do not have enough or the right kind of food and ask God to give you direction on how you can contribute to a more just food system in your community. 

  • Pray through the words and consider signing the Statement of Repentance.


(see all Lent daybook posts from 2017 here)