February 11, 2016

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the first day in a 40 day season in the liturgical calendar where the Church commits to fasting, prayer, and reflection in preparation for the upcoming Easter season. I grew up in a church that didn't observe lent, and it was always a small mystery of the Christian faith to me. I am now part of a liturgical Anglican community, but you certainly don't need to be part of a liturgical church to see the beaty in this season in the church calendar. 

Over the next 40 days we will be exploring lent with a particular emphasis on corporate prayer. For those of you who have signed up for the prayer newsletter, that will continue, but on top of those requests we are putting together some resources that will help guide your prayers around certain topics as we continue to pray together for the work of CARE for AIDS. We are excited to experience this season with you and we are already so thankful for the part you play in our global prayer community. Stay tuned this week on social media and our website so you can catch the launch of these seasonal resources. 

 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?  Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?" Isaiah 58:6-7