Week 3: March 16th

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 Muzhgan. We hear about her journey and strength as a female professional in the cross-cultural workplace. After hearing Muzhgan'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.


Is not this the fast that I choose:
    to loose the bonds of injustice,
    to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
    and to break every yoke? 

(Isaiah 58:6 )

REFLECT:

  • Muzhgan tells us her story of moving from an unwelcoming workplace culture to one where she felt more at home. She exemplified resiliency in working towards what she truly wanted. What can we learn from the resiliency of refugee women every single day?
  • In Isaiah 58, we are asked to break the yoke of oppression, or overcome an oppressive power. In what ways can we take small steps to break the chains of injustice?

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PRAY:

Everlasting God, 

You strengthen us.

You have seen the injustices in the world: for migrants, for refugees, for women and children.

You watch over our neighbors and give them strength every day through your love and guidance.

Give us strength to break the bonds of injustice that continue to hurt our siblings in Christ.  

Continue to hold Muzhgan in her First Home and ensure that it continues to be a fruitful and loving experience.

Hold us in these times of watching and waiting and comfort our souls when our strength falls short. 

You are almighty. We ask all this in Your holy name,

Amen.

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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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