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.
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"Allensworth is an unincorporated community in Tulare County, California, United States. The population was 471 at the 2010 census. Residents have a $7,274 per capita income and 54% live below the poverty level. Founded in 1908 by Lt. Col. Allen Allensworth, an ex-slave and Buffalo Soldier, the self-sufficient community he envisioned foundered for lack of water and protracted land disputes with the Santa Fe Railroad."
music for today: "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say", Four Girls (lyrics)
from Field Recordings - Volume 13: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina & Delaware (1933-1943) (Read here for a folk music definition of "field recordings".)
all readings* for today: Exodus 1:6-22, Psalm 69, 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, Mark 8:27--9:1
prayer for today from The Repentance Project:
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 ("Jim Crow and the God Who Hates") by Darryl Ford. Read and pray through the suggested response: "May God give us a hatred for the things that He hates, and a deep and abiding love for those that He loves."
Take some time to read through a few of the following links from the rest of the week's excellent posts:
Techniques of Direct Disenfranchisement, 1880-1965 & the non-partisan study New Voting Restrictions in America (from the Voting Rights post)
Watch the PBS documentary Slavery By Another Name.
Listen to a 25-minute Q Talk "Restoring the Justice System" with Bryan Stevenson, public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. (This suggestion is my own addition, having just finished reading Mr. Stevenson's excellent book Just Mercy.)
Pray through the words and consider signing the Statement of Repentance.
(see all Lent daybook posts from 2017 here)