Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 4 April

Garmah and her family in Liberia.

Garmah and her family in Liberia.

I will turn their mourning into joy. I will console them, give gladness for grief.

Jeremiah 31:13

The death of a loved one brings deep sorrow and pain. It is hard to imagine what life will be like without that person by our side.

For some of us, the death of a partner also brings uncertainty for the future and the threat of homelessness. Many women around the world face a battle to keep their home when they are widowed. Some even face eviction by their late husband’s family 

In Liberia, Garmah and her four children faced just such a situation when her husband died, because she thought that she had no legal rights to her marital home.

But thanks to your support, our local experts helped her to prove that she did have a right to the property. Garmah and her children can now live safely in the family home without the threat of eviction hanging over them.

Garmah says, “I feel my children have a place to rest their head and I can make a garden to feed them and myself. God sent redeemers to fight for my land rights. I am overfilled with joy.”

Lent prayer

Merciful God, may our attentiveness to others lift their spirits and enable them to find hope, even in dark and difficult times. Amen.

Act

Watch this beautiful reflection about consolation for those who mourn, a prayer that moves from loss to resurrection.

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