Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 14 March

Dr Guy Byavulwa has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the frontline of the latest Ebola outbreak.

Dr Guy Byavulwa has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the frontline of the latest Ebola outbreak.

The Lord is compassion and love.

Psalm 102:8

In the response for today's psalm, we are reminded that God doesn’t just act compassionately and lovingly, but God is compassion and love.

This is intense, inescapable. There is no distance between God and love. God doesn’t have to strive to feel love for us, or to show compassion for us. That is the state of God’s being. No one is beyond the reach of God’s love.

God created us out of this love and for love. We are called to love God and one another in our turn.

Giving out of love

Dr Guy Byavulwa is working in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the frontline of the latest Ebola outbreak that has claimed more than 2,200 lives. He is risking his own life as part of an emergency response team from our Church network:

"This is an area that has been experiencing complex humanitarian crises and ongoing conflicts for many years. Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and are already at increased risk of hunger and disease. To add an Ebola outbreak to this situation is pushing many communities to breaking point."

Dr Guy told us that in order to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, people need access to clean water and to assistance with the safe and dignified burials of people who have died. They also need to know the facts about the disease.

"The most important thing is to raise awareness of Ebola any way we can – through verbal messages, billboards, posters, on the radio and through the Churches."

His faith motivates Dr Guy in his work:

“As a doctor and a Christian, my mission is to alleviate the suffering of God's people. It is extremely hard to see families suffering and I am fearful for myself and for my family. But I will never abandon my mission.”

This Lent let us reach out to our sisters and brothers around the world. Let us seek to be compassion and love.

Lent prayer

Lord, you are compassion and love. Work through me so that I may bring your love to those I meet, and to those I might not meet but whose lives and stories still touch my own. Amen.

Act

Do you lead children’s liturgy? Or know the person in your parish who does this task? Help the children to reflect on how they can love God and our global neighbours with our children’s liturgy resources.

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