Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 27 March
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; those whose spirit is crushed he will save.
Last Lent we told the story of Mahinur, Khalek, and their son Rabiul, living by a river in Bangladesh.
The river had dried up some months previously and all the fish had died. The water had returned but the fish had not. Mahinur took odd jobs in neighbours’ homes to bring in some money, as her husband Khalek walks with crutches and cannot work; but the family often went hungry.
Rabiul was 12 years old and enjoyed living by the river and spending time on the water, despite having to cope with disabilities.
We are sorry to share the sad news that Rabiul died a few months ago from a fever, which we understand to have been typhoid.
Since last Lent, the family had been part of a new project in southern Bangladesh helping communities adapt to the changing climate and earn a living. Mahinur and Khalek will continue to be part of the project and are being supported by agriculture expert Jamal and the local Caritas team through this difficult time.
Mahinur has asked for people to pray for Rabiul’s soul to rest in peace.
Lord, I pray for all those who are having to cope with bereavement. Grant them the strength and courage to face a future that is different from their hopes and dreams. May they find the support they need and some comfort in their grief. Amen.
Eternal rest grant to Rabiul, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
Light a candle to pray for children who die from curable diseases like typhoid, cholera and malaria.
We have set up a Candlelight Fund in memory of Rabiul. Donations will go to projects protecting children around the world.