Daily reading: 24 March

Let us seek and find God with all sincerity.

Something to read

‘When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.’

Jeremiah 29:13

Something to think about

Lent is a time of reflection and a time to re-energise our deep commitment to our faith and our relationship with God. It is a time of fasting, abstinence and also a time of giving up the things which we enjoy. We use this time to partly peep into the world of lacking.

These are often things which are within easy access because we have disposable funds to get them, we have space and time and are in good health to enjoy these small pleasures.

As we journey through this Lenten period, let us seek and find God with all sincerity. As the Bible says in Jeremiah 29:13: ‘When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart’. 

Let us also remember that God made humanity in his own image and likeness and think about the many millions of people living in poverty all over the world and those in my country Sierra Leone, 60% of whom live on less than a dollar a day. 

For whom it is a matter of zero-zero-one diet.  This means nothing for breakfast, nothing for lunch and a plate of rice for dinner.  Let us cast our minds and our prayers on those people who lack and for whom not having anything to give up in the first place has become a fact of life. 

People at the biting end of poverty and exclusion in all its forms, be it in women, disabled people, people living with HIV, and the elderly in our communities who have to forage a living day in, day out without hope of having a choice to give up small pleasures for Lent in our approach to Easter.

Something to do

Join the Lent Count Your Blessings journey.

Something to pray

Lenten God,

May we strengthen our own faith this Lent

Mindful of those who undergo daily and difficult challenges. 

We pray that we can put our faith into action as we observe the  three pillars of Lent:

Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. 

By our almsgiving may we contribute

 to changing lives for the better

in your name we pray, Amen.

Today’s contributor is Jeanne Kamara, who is head of programme for Christian Aid’s work in Sierra Leone.