One particular area I’d like to focus our energies this Lent is toward doing justice. We’d have to skip most of the Bible to say God isn’t concerned for justice. Continually we hear God’s concern for widows and orphans, that the needy not be forgotten. Often in Scripture it is evident that God commands God’s people to work on behalf of those who have been denied justice. We’ll know the kingdom is among us when everyone has food to eat and clean water from which to drink.
Many Christian denominations don’t practice Lent. I’m glad Lutherans do.
Lent means “grow”, and this is a time when we give intentional focus to growing in our walk with the Lord. We are called to lay aside the sin that clings so closely, and to take up our cross and follow Jesus.
Over the next several weeks, On March 13, 20, 27, and April 3 after a simple meal of soup and bread we will engage in an interactive study of the Bible and hear the call to do justice. We’ll explore 4 water stories over 4 sessions, and consider what God wants us to do with our time and resources. And eventually, we and all those we can get to gather with us, will walk a representative distance that others in the world walk daily to access water for their households. The goal will be to raise awareness and funds to provide people in need with clean water solutions for their communities.
The Rev. Ken Albright
Dear Disciples at St. Thomas:
Are you ready for a different kind of Lent? Are you ready to grow in your understanding and practice of what it means to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God? Are you ready for your faith to make a difference in the world? So am I!
St. Thomas Lutheran Church
One of the things we often take for granted, that much of the world lacks, is access to clean drinking water. I have been on several mission trips to places not so far by plane from Miami where travelers are told “don’t drink the water” and are supplied with bottled water for brushing teeth and drinking. But what about those who are left to drink from poor sources, contaminated with pollutants you’d rather not read about here? Is it right that a child can’t attend school because so much of their day is taken up with hauling water, often in very dangerous settings?
Growth doesn’t happen without intentionality. Can we imagine soccer players moving from a High School level of play to a professional team without serious practice and intentional development? Or can we visualize a writer moving from English 101 to writing award winning novels without pages and pages of practice? No way! Nor can we expect to grow and mature in our faith in Jesus, and actively be part of the kingdom he is building on earth without engaging in faith practices that have proven again and again to build strong Christians.
On the road together,