Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 11 March – Fourth Sunday of Lent

Unity, 20, is a first-time mum in Zimbabwe

Unity, 20, playing with her baby Twalumba in Zimbabwe

We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.

St Paul to the Ephesians 2:4-10

We are God’s work of art. The Lord knitted us in our mother’s womb, and has clothed us with mercy. We give thanks to God, who gives us fullness of life in Christ. 

Today is Mothering Sunday. We celebrate mothers around the world who want the best for their children. 

Unity, 20, is a first-time mum in Zimbabwe. She gave birth to a baby boy called Twalumba. But after the birth, Unity didn’t have anyone to turn to for help.

“I had difficulties feeding,” Unity explained. “My child was so small, I held him any way I thought. But the milk spilled out his mouth or came out his nose. He wasn’t growing as fast as he should have been. It was very painful to see him suffer.”

Without help, Twalumba was at risk of becoming severely malnourished. But thanks to donations from people like you, Unity now has someone to turn to.

We are God’s work of art

Unity joined a new mums group in her village where, supported by a CAFOD-trained health worker, she learnt how to breastfeed properly. Twalumba is now a giggling, smiling, healthy child. Unity rejoices when she lifts him and feels he’s a good weight.

She says, “I now have peace of mind because I have seen that he is growing very well.”

Twalumba means ‘thank you’ in Tonga. We give thanks to God for this baby, a true work of art. 

Lent prayer

Generous God, you uplift us with love and mercy every day of our life. We give you thanks for mothers everywhere, who cherish and nurture your children. Amen.

Act

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Lent Appeal. Your gifts will give mothers like Unity the dignity to provide for their family. And if you donated between 13 February and 12 May, the UK Government will double your donation! 

If you raised money in your parish or school over Lent and still need to pay in the proceeds, you can still have your collection matched.

Donate to Our Lent Appeal

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