2nd Week of Lent
Prayer of the Week
(pray this prayer each day this week)
God of Compassion and Freedom,
So many times and in so many ways I have found myself enslaved in my life. Enslaved to fear or doubt. Enslaved to worry or concern. Enslaved to addiction or bad habits. Enslaved to an illness or injury. When I am enslaved my spirit, my courage, and my hope feels broken. But you call out to me your promises of deliverance and hope. You send your Spirit to inspire and heal me. You set me free! In my freedom you call me to remember your grace and share it with others in works of justice and mercy. This week, as I remember the way you liberated me from all that kept me in bondage, give me the opportunity to share your hope with others who are enslaved. As I express thanksgiving for your grace, allow me to share a taste of that grace with someone who is weighed down and broken with hopelessness.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Read Exodus 3:7-8; Deuteronomy 24:17-22
Week 2: Questions for Reflection
The central and anchoring narrative of the Israelites is the story of how God freed them from slavery in Egypt. God used Moses to lead them from suffering and oppression, through the wilderness for 40 years, and finally to the promised land. When the people were given The Law, a central feature of the Law was to remember their days of slavery by caring for the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the foreigner. For the afflictions of these people were the same afflictions of the Israelites under the slavery of Egypt.
Do you have an ‘central and anchoring’ narrative of your life? If so, prepare your story so that you can remember it and tell it.
What has enslaved you during your lifetime? How is/was God present?
Has God set you free? If so, how? If not, what gives you hope as you continue to wait for liberation?
Action for the Week
We all have a ‘life-story’, as you consider yours look for recurring or overarching themes. Have you repeatedly struggled in bondage in a certain area (addiction, health, finances, relationships, etc.)? This week give thanks to God for the grace that has delivered you. Seek out an opportunity to help someone who is struggling with the same sort of bondage you once suffered from.