As we move through life, each of us leaves a trail of footprints. Lent gives us a chance to think about where we’ve been, and where our journey will lead us next.
We might not be happy to let others see some of the detours we have followed – the times when we have not done the right thing, or thought only of ourselves rather than the people God has placed in our path. Beginning with Ash Wednesday this week, Lent challenges us to reflect on where we’ve been, and how we can re-direct our journey.
Traditionally, part of that process of re-orientation has been sacrifice – giving up something and doing something extra – in order to do more for others. It isn’t just eating a fish sandwich on Friday or giving up candy. Sacrifice literally means to make sacred.
How do we take something ordinary and make it sacred?
The Water With Blessings Community for Mission has an answer. For more than a decade, a filter and a bucket have been given to a woman and, in her hands, become a source of life and health. Through your gifts, two ordinary things we take for granted are transformed.
This Lent, let us think of other things we can transform. Maybe we can pass up a plastic bottle of water or soft drink and put that money aside. Perhaps we don’t need a fancy coffee in the morning. Instead, we can remember that woman worrying about the dirty water her children drink, and sacrifice those couple of dollars toward a filter for her.
In this way, we can also encourage others to follow in our footsteps. God gives us Community to lean on, encourage us when times are difficult, and strengthen us to support others when we can.
We invite you to consider tracking your spiritual journey of sacrifice and almsgiving with a weekly donation. Just $12.50 per week would add up to the $75 needed to provide a mother with a bucket, a Sawyer PointONE Filter that will last a lifetime, and the training to become a Water Woman.
We will soon be in touch to see if you would like prayer cards for the Water Women whom you’ve sponsored. It will only take a few weeks before your contributions have brought filters to mothers.
Just click the purple button below to start your Lenten journey with God’s thirsty children.