Lenten Resources on Race

Most times, persons give up things like chocolate and fast food to mark the Lenten season, the forty days leading up to Christ’s crucifixion.  I was one of them partly because  I was copying the practices of others.  I had not seriously or fully considered what Christ had given up: his life.  I am embarrassed to think that I made this a goal and frankly, couldn’t even keep it.  I couldn’t give up chocolate but Christ gave his life for me.  Selah.

This year, I have not considered what I will give up or if I will at all.  I love chocolate and I don’t want to set myself up for defeat.  But, when I was thinking of what I could provide for those on this race-less journey, giving up the practice of racism seemed most appropriate.  I googled the idea and two resources were provided.  I hope to increase the number through my writings.

1.  The North Carolina Council of Churches provides readings, worship aids, reflections and the like on racism and reconciliation (Lent 1, Year C); and,

2.  Tony Jones wrote an article for Patheos titled “Giving Up Racism for Lent” in 2012.  It was inspired by Billy Kangas article “Help Me Give Up Racism for Lent.”

Of course, I would ask that persons begin the journey of giving of race not only for Lent but for life.  But, I am a woman of great faith… just not when it comes to chocolate.  “It’s the little foxes…” (Song of Solomon 2.15).

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