Lent is a reminder of justice. But this work of justice, is difficult—filled with grief and loss, lament and sorrow


Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.

Isaiah 30:18-19

Lent is a reminder of justice. But this work of justice, is difficult—filled with grief and loss, lament and sorrow. It is easier to give up and forget that compassionate justice is evidence of our faith. Instead of forgetting, let us choose to give up the things that speak death: amnesia, apathy, complacency, ignorance, single-mindedness, hatred, and injustice. In dying to these things we are able to embrace so much more. For the experience of loss, the practice of grief, the discipline of lament, causes us to be grateful—grateful that this season of grief is deepening our heart’s capacity for joy. Perhaps, there is purpose in this pain that will not yet be revealed until later.

Nikole Lim is the Co-Founder and International Director of Freely in Hope, a nonprofit organization seeking to restore dignity with survivors of sexual violence by providing educational opportunities and platforms for women to fulfill their dreams. Freely in Hope operates in Kenya and Zambia providing psychological counseling, health care and high school and university scholarships for young women who desire to impact global communities through their rewritten stories. Freely in Hope exists to equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence.

 

Friends, please read this urgent message from our friends and partners at Faith in Public Life
Right now, Congress is rushing to pass sweeping legislation that fits every definition of an unjust law — the American Health Care Act.
The consequences of gutting key provisions of health care are staggering. Millions of racial/ethnic minorities, poor whites, rural families, senior citizens, children, and women who now have affordable health insurance will lose it due to Medicaid cuts. Premiums and out-of-pocket expenses will spiral out of control for millions of working Americans. Medicare for our seniors will be one step closer to ending as we know it.
Join us Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST for a strategy call with Rev. Jennifer Butler and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and leader of the Moral Mondays movement, to outline steps we can take right away to protect our neighbors and our nation from suffering and privation. We need to mobilize now, and this call is the first step.
This healthcare bill is not a Republican versus Democrat issue. The attack on poor and vulnerable children, families and seniors is an issue of morals — right versus wrong. We cannot stand idly by as extremists in Congress and the administration further enrich the wealthiest few at the expense of the sick, the poor and working people.  
Together we can awaken our nation’s moral conscience. Sign up for the call here.
This one-hour call is sponsored by a broad range of faith groups, including Faith in Public Life, Repairers of the Breach, Red Letter Christians, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Skinner Leadership Institute, National Council of Churches of Christ, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.
In Faith,
Rev. Jennifer Butler
CEO, Faith in Public Life
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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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