Tread Lightly for Lent
The Presbyterian Hunger Program strives to walk with people in moving towards sustainable choices that restore and protect all of God’s children and creation. However, some of our collective choices have led to a changing global climate, which translates to warmer temperatures, rising sea-levels, and severe storms, just to name a few. To turn this tide, we must commit to treading lightly on God’s Earth. In Lent, we slow down, take time, and examine our internal spiritual lives and the way we live out our Christian faith in the world around us.
Our hope is that this Lenten calendar will be the beginning of actions intended to create more mindful behaviors throughout the year. Available in English, Spanish and Korean.
PEC’s 2021 Lenten Devotional
In Revelations 21:1-4, John sees a vision of the arrival of a new heaven and new earth to replace the old. This is a hallowed place marked as the home of God, free from all suffering, pain, and death. While ours is not this paradise, we also see a new world around us filled with expectations and demands once largely unseen and unheard.
We now have an opportunity to join in with the voices crying out for justice, mercy, and love, to join in the reimagining that is needed to build the new Jerusalem of our dreams. This reimagining is already taking place around us; in the face of isolation and violence, we have found new ways of building community, new networks of resiliency, and new understandings of how to better love one another and ourselves. Our work as stewards of God’s creation also requires us to imagine a new earth, to take back the land, water, and air away from polluting, extractive, and imperialist ways of viewing our home and neighbors and to create something sustainable, equitable, and compassionate in its place.
In commemoration of PEC’s 25th Anniversary, several of the writers in this devotional are past and present leaders of Presbyterians for Earth Care ministries. Download this devotional here.