Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 22 March, Mothering Sunday

In Niger, Zalia walks a kilometre and a half to collect water, as the well in her village broke long ago.

In Niger, Zalia walks a kilometre and a half to collect water, as the well in her village broke long ago.

‘Go and wash in the pool of Siloam’ (a name that means ‘sent’). So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored.

John 9:7

World Water Day

It seems appropriate that water features in the gospel today, World Water Day.

The man in the story had been blind since birth. With Jesus’ help, washing in the waters of the pool of Siloam restored his sight.

With God’s help, simple actions can have extraordinary results.

American anthropologist Margaret Mead famously said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

What simple action can I do today that might change the world for at least one person?

Mothering Sunday

At times, however, even simple actions become difficult.

Because of poverty and injustice, conflict or the changing climate, mothers in many countries struggle to do what should be simple, like providing clean water for their children.

Can we pray especially for them today, Mothering Sunday, as well as for our own mothers?

Lent prayer

Loving God, you are always with me and your care surrounds me like a mother’s love. May I take courage and hope from knowing that I am so valued. Bless today the loving actions of every mother who struggles to provide clean water for her children. Amen.

Act

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