Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 7 March

Mahinur takes her fishing net to the river by her home in Bangladesh

Mahinur with her fishing net in Bangladesh

"Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live in the love of the Lord your God"

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Choose life. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?  

But it isn’t always. Mahinur makes a living by fishing. She supports her husband, Khalek and 12-year-old son Rabiul, both of whom have disabilities. 

A few months ago, the river by her house dried up. The fish died. 

“Some years back there was an abundance of fish,” she remembers. “Gradually though, they’ve decreased. This year, I haven’t caught any fish yet at all. There should be fish in the river now. It’s the right time of year. But there’s nothing.”

No reason to smile

Without the fish to eat and sell, life is difficult for Mahinur and her family. Sometimes she looks after cattle and sometimes she cleans neighbours’ houses for money or food.  

“When there are no fish there’s no reason to smile. Some days I go without food. Some days my son asks for food but I have none. Some days we just have water.” 

Every day Mahinur chooses life. But it is a daily struggle to sustain herself and her family.  

In today’s readings, God calls us to choose a particular kind of life. A life that is not governed by self-interest, but instead a life of love. Love for one another.  

If we truly choose life, then it must mean life for all people, including those like Mahinur who are hurt, hungry and feel abandoned. 

Lent prayer

God of life, may my choices be guided by your love so that all people may live to their full potential. Amen.

Act

Find out more about Mahinur’s life and reflect on the choices she is faced with on a daily basis. 

Read Mahinur's story

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