Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My first time celebrating Lent, join me and World Vision!!!

 Good day all, 

I have never celebrated Lent before, but after coming across what World Vision is doing this year, i decided to join and you can too.  While looking through the program, i realized how spiritually beneficial it would be for me to partake in the "Lent 2011: Relentless Acts of Justice" online program that World Vision has set up. I truly encourage you to check it out.

 What is lent?
According to Wikipedia-------->Lent is a time of sacrifice for Jesus. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, repentance, alms giving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Preview of what is being planned by World Vision:
Week 1: We will experience worthlessness through a story about microfinance by going without something physical.
Week 2: We will experience helplessness through a story about malaria by feeling vulnerable.
Week 3: We will experience carelessness through a story about HIV and AIDS by feeling ostracized.
Week 4: We will experience godlessness through a story about religious persecution by limiting our own spiritual resources.
Week 5: We will experience speechlessness through a story about sex trafficking by giving up control and ownership over our lives.
Week 6: We will experience hopelessness through a story about education by feeling forgotten.

These people are not worthless, helpless, careless, Godless, speechless and hopeless
because it’s their fault. In fact, it may just be our fault that we do not actively bring
worth, help, care, God, speech and hope to them. It is imperative that we seek to
understand their lives. Only when we see the humanity and divinity in a stranger’s eyes
can we love them as Christ calls us to love them.  



 May God Bless you and I with Discomfort

May God bless you with discomfort. Discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen

May God bless you with anger. Anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. Amen

May God bless you with tears. Tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy. Amen

May God bless you with foolishness. Enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen

And the blessing of God, who creates, redeems and sanctifies, be upon you and all you love and pray for this day, and forever more. Amen


Coming up Sunday----> Week 1: We will experience worthlessness through a story about microfinance by going without something physical.

Have a blessed day. Chizzy D

2 comments:

Chris obaze said...

Lenting period is a time of reflection to the things we have done in the past and how we could correct them. It is not just a religious obligation. May God grant us the strength. I here at www.naija2geda.blogspot.com

Chizzy D said...

@welcome...i think your like the first guy to follow my blog....congrats!!!

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