Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 6 April

Farida Yasmin, left, with Tanya who has been helped by the Disabled People’s Organisation

Farida Yasmin, left, with Tanya who has been helped by the Disabled People’s Organisation

 I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Hope in him, hold firm and take heart. Hope in the Lord!

Psalm 26:13-14

It can be hard to hold onto hope sometimes. But the psalmist reminds us today that we can always hope in the Lord. We are certain to see the Lord’s goodness.

Believing in God can give us the courage to carry on, even in the hardest times. And through our prayers, support and solidarity, others may also find courage.

Hold firm and take heart

Farida, a disability rights activist in Bangladesh, supports other disabled people like herself to be courageous and reach their full potential.

Tanya is visually impaired. She can make out faint shapes and manages most things on her own, but her family wouldn’t let her out of the house. Farida asked the family to let Tanya become a member of her disability group. At first, they were reluctant, but gradually Farida persuaded them to let Tanya become more independent.

Farida’s work has been life-changing for Tanya, and for many other people.

“She has travelled to many places with me. That girl, who wasn’t allowed to leave her house or talk to other people before, has now become an active member of the Disabled Persons’ Organisation and a local representative. She was even recently elected as the women and children’s representative of the district federation.

“She is always saying how grateful she is to me. I am very glad that I was able to help her.

“We can say with certainty now that we have been able to reach out to and bring out disabled people from their homes all over this area. You see, disabled people are so used to being neglected and mistreated… making them understand their value to society is a huge part of our work.”

Lent prayer

God of life, fill me with your hope and help me to see your goodness in this world. Strengthen all your children, so that we may hold firm, take heart and stand alongside those who are in need. Amen.

Act

Pray for the humility and generosity to share with those in need.

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