Lent reflection for 18 February

A man sits beside a water source

Abdella must make a long and difficult journey, each day, to fetch water for his family.

“Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live in the love of your Lord.”  

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Moses invited the people to choose life by following in God’s ways, by listening to what was being asked of them and by acting on God’s word. 

This Lent is a time when we can renew our own choice to put God at the centre of our lives, when we can choose what kind of life we really want to live.  

Abdella is a young farmer who lives in northeast Ethiopia, in one of the hottest parts of the world. Every day, he walks for ten hours to fetch water for his family. It is a long and difficult journey.  

He says, “It is tiring. It is hard. But I have no choice. We all have no choice. We have to do it."

“When I’m there at the water point, I think all the time: I’m a young man, I could be doing something else. I am wasting my life. I want to start a business. I want to get married. Instead, I am here waiting to get water.”  

This is not the life that Abdella would choose. He has hopes and dreams for the future, but he has no time or energy to make those dreams a reality.  

In today’s readings God calls us to a particular kind of life. A life lived not in our own self-interest, but out of love for one another.  

If we truly choose life, that must include life for all people, including those like Abdella.  

Lent prayer

God of life, guide us in our choices so that they may be compassionate, wise and full of love for others. In this way, may all people have the chance to live to their full potential. Amen.  


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