1st SUNDAY IN LENT – Feb. 21st, 2010
Deuteronomy 26:1-11 • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 • Romans 10:8b-13 • Luke 4:1-13
We live under the protection of the Lord. This is one of the resounding themes of all of these passages. But there is another message in these words – one that speaks to the value, and the true ownership, of the land and waters of the world in which we live. These are gifts of God – for which we are called to be grateful, and to give back from. In the passage from Deuteronomy we see this most clearly – as the Israelites are called to give back to God the fruits of the land. The very things that bring us life – including the waters of this world, are gifts from God, meant to sustain us.
What does it say as we enter this Lenten season that so many on this planet now go without those very gifts, which God gave the world for sustenance? That we have allowed a global water crisis to come to be? Nearly a billion people worldwide lack clean water, and more than 2.1 million people, most of them children, die each year from water and sanitation related diseases. We have not been good stewards of the water God has blessed us with. How can we allow this to happen in a world to which God declared in Deuteronomy 26:11, “Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house.”
The invitation this Lenten season is to respond, and share with the world again the bounty of goodness God provides. To ensure that there is no one in this world who goes without clean water and sanitation. As you continue your walk with Christ toward the cross, consider the promise of God to provide – and walk with Christ to make those provisions.
- What is the call of our faith in response to the global water crisis? What is a faithful response?
- What does it mean to “celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you”?
Continue to look for ways you can be involved in providing clean water and sanitation by working with one of the organizations listed on the right.
By Jordan Blevins