Jen Hatmaker writes in her book, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess: “I'm going to bed tonight grateful for warmth, an advantage so expected it barely registers. May my privileges continue to drive me downward to my brothers and sisters without. Greater yet, I'm tired of calling the suffering "brothers and sisters" when I'd never allow my biological siblings to suffer likewise. That's just hypocrisy veiled in altruism. I won't defile my blessings by imagining that I deserve them. Until every human receives the dignity I casually enjoy, I pray my heart aches with tension and my belly rumbles for injustice.”
In the context of Lent and following Jesus to his cross, ask him how you can love your neighbors (both literal and spiritual).
· Invite people over for dinner or take them out to coffee
· Share a picnic and good conversation with someone from the homeless community
· Go through your closet and collect clothes for a nearby donation center
· Volunteer your time at a girl’s/boy’s home
· Offer your car, apartment, computer etc. to a friend in need