Now for our 3rd installment of “Lent By Example.” Considering the aggressive vitriol certain right-wing politicians have been throwing at the mere possibility that the United States could serve as a haven for refugees, this story from Baptist News Global was particularly heartening. An Ecumenical group of clergy (funny how a lot of these stories start off that way…) in Missouri met to urge politicians toward compassion and away from fear when it came to Syrian refugees.
Sometimes Lent isn’t about action — not immediately. We need time to pause, to reflect, to re-find the connection between Christ and ourselves. But all that reflection, if it is worth anything, does lead us to action — to speaking out for compassion, for taking in those the world around us would reject.