Lent Journey – Give Me Discomfort

by in Action, Features

Over the next 40 days, we’ll be sharing and reflecting on World Vision’s campaign ‘Lent 2011: Relentless Acts of Justice‘! By nature of our community being online and spread across the country (world?), we’ll engage in each of the six different stories with only one post per week. We recommend you get fully engaged by signing up on the World Vision site here and grabbing a couple friends locally to go on the journey with.

The campaign in their words: “We’re going to explore the Gospel narrative through the lens of six different injustices using stories and experiential activism.” These stories will focus on areas of worthlessness, helplessness, carelessness, godlessness, speechlessness and hopelessness. Get more details here.

Ash Wednesday traditionally emphasizes repentance, so take 10 minutes right now to reflect on your own shortcomings and where you need God’s strength.

After doing that, here’s a Franciscan blessing for you. Watch, read, listen and be shaped.

Lent 2011: A Franciscan Blessing from World Vision ACT:S on Vimeo.

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

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