Lent Week 5: Prayers of Action

I needed a reminder once again this week that the season of lent invites us into the dark and broken. We don’t like to remain there for THIS long. But it’s part of the process to peel away the layers, to clear out, to strip away, to empty. These seasons always feel longer than they actually are.

This week I sat in one sacred story. It’s the story of the woman with no name, but we know her as the one who brought an alabaster jar of the most expensive perfume and poured it all over Jesus’ head and feet. She washed his dirty feet with her tears and her hair. It’s a fitting story to reflect on before Holy Week. It’s a story that prepares us for death.

Her actions were strange…

…awkward…

….bold…

…despised…

…..wasteful….

…but she had no choice. There was a desperate cry in her to express her gratitude, to show her love, to act out what she received.

How do your prayers lead you into prayers of action? How do you express in bold and extravagant ways what’s happening inside you?

This week, take a long walk. Explore. Paint. March for justice. Create a space of hospitality. Dance. Make a feast to share. Do something bold and extravagant because you are loved.