Week 2: March 9th

Each Wednesday in Lent, we invite you in to join us in hearing the stories of refugees and immigrants who have given up everything to find a better life. Especially the women and girls whose resiliency, strength, and power inspire us every day.

This week, we hear the story of Helal. We hear her passions alongside the struggle she has witnessed in her own country. After hearing Helal's story, we invite you to reflect upon scripture and pray - together or alone - the words written or what ever else might be weighing on your heart. 

As you are able, we invite you to gather each Wednesday for this time of retreat around a meal. Sample soup recipes can be found at the bottom of this page.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

(Luke 10: 38-42)


  • In this story of Mary and Martha, we hear Martha, but we see Mary. In a time where women were dismissed or considered to be “less than”, Jesus invited Mary to stay and made room for her. In what ways does Jesus invite you in – to both hear the Word and listen to the troubles on your heart?
  •  Helal shares how women in Afghanistan had their rights taken away from them, though they were the change-makers and "the ones with the loudest voices". In times where human dignity is compromised and voices are not heard, how might the example of Jesus in the story of Mary and Martha be an example for us all to live out in daily life? To listen and learn from those around us?



Loving God, 

You remind us to slow down. 

You remind us that daily life takes a toll on our wellbeing and pulls us away from focusing on and accepting your love and guidance. 

We are grateful to you for guiding our days. 

As we long for a life with no distractions from your love, we ask that you continue to hold us and walk alongside us. 

Watch over Helal and the women of Afghanistan and ensure that their voices are heard in this time of trial.



Recipes to Try:

Given the traditional Lenten focus on sacrifice, abstinence and plainness, Lenten suppers are simple, having foods like soup that are shared with a community, inviting others to share in the stories of Jesus Christ.

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