Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 13 April
“I will turn their mourning into joy. I will console them, give gladness for grief.”
Jeremiah 31:10-13 R v 10
Sonia is a student of Bengali, who dreams of becoming a teacher. But her family’s fate hung in the balance after her father died.
“My life would be very different now if my father was still alive,” reflects Sonia. “At the moment, we’re facing problems with money. We’re in crisis. If my father was alive, this wouldn’t be happening.”
As well as studying, Sonia must work hard helping her mum, cooking and planting rice. “My mother is the one who managed to get us to this point. My mother works very hard. Though we’ve faced a lot of problems in the absence of our father, her sacrifices have spared us.”
A family hero
Although she lost her father so young that she has no memory of him, his example inspires her. “I can’t remember my father, or his death, but I have heard lots of good things about him,” she explains. “Like how he helped others. I think that’s why it’s in my mind so much to help others too,” she says.
Sonia would love to be a primary school teacher, although she doesn’t know how she will find the money to qualify. Nevertheless, she is determined to help others, as she knows her father did.
Where do you find your motivation to help others? In Scripture? From other people whose stories have affected you? From friends and family?
Merciful God, may our attentiveness to others lift their spirits and enable them to find hope, even in dark and difficult times. And may we come to know the value and joy of a contemplative attitude, which roots all our actions in love. Amen.
Watch this beautiful reflection about consolation for those who mourn, a prayer that moves from loss to resurrection.