Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 22 February
Is there a man among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread?
Jesus asks the disciples a simple question. Not one of the disciples would want to see their children go hungry. Every child has the right to their daily bread.
Yet millions of people in our world are hungry. In Zimbabwe, one in four children is chronically malnourished – meaning they get very ill because they don’t have enough food.
Peter, 32, lives with his wife and three children in a remote village. It’s a constant struggle to get enough food. Some days, they just have a handful of food to eat for the whole day.
“The first thing I think about when I wake up is my family,” Peter says. “Where should I go to help my family survive? It’s very difficult and painful because I’m always thinking about the next meal.”
Peter goes to the fields every day to look for work so he can buy some food. But there’s no guarantee he will be paid that day.
“There are times when I feel desperate,” he says. “Sometimes it’s beyond me to know what to do. Then God blesses you, and you find a way. I feel that God is with me. It makes me happy.”
We hear echoes of Jesus’ words: “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7-12).
We thank God for hearing Peter’s prayers. We pray his hope grows stronger, and his children grow healthy and strong.
God of love, you fill the hungry with good things. Thank you for all the blessings you give us. Move us to reach out with compassion for our sisters and brothers. Amen.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Lent Appeal. Your gifts will change lives around the world. £6 will be turned into £12, enough to provide seeds to grow peanuts and make nutritious peanut butter. £28 will be turned into £56, enough to buy all the seeds needed for a family to plant a garden full of vegetables. 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.