Eat, Act, Pray - January


It’s easy to feel like we’re not making a difference. Tempting even, to feel like the world is becoming an increasingly darker and more dangerous place.

It’s at times like these that it’s important to step back, take a breath and just be.

We’re not tasked to change the world. We’re tasked to trust, and do.

Frederick Douglass was a 19th century statesman, writer, abolitionist and former slave. When addressing his former enslavement he said “I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

We’re tasked to trust and do.

The world has overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges in the past. And it will do so again. We know this because change is made by those who show up: Those who stand on picket lines, march in the streets, steer their leaders gaze, those who care to engage.

This year, be bold and be strong. It’s a new beginning and there’s plenty to fight for.

Talk It Over

  • What are you going to fight for this year?
  • Think of a time when social justice prevailed. Now ask yourself how and why?
  • Where do you see these issues in 2019?

 

Act

Use this time together to pick three concerns: one local/personal, one national, one global, and then write them down together.

Begin by thinking about what actions you could take to solve the problems you are discussing. What would be the first practical step you could take towards solving things? Do you have a problem in common with anyone else, someone in the group who could work with you?

Write down your sphere of influence as a group. Who do you know who might help you begin the process of making the changes you want to see happening this year?

Grasp the nettle and write down three things that you can commit to doing before the next time your group meets that will kick-start change. If you need a primer/guide for meeting your political representative, check out this video:

Eat

It’s January, we’re all skint. So how about this wholesome, cheap, simple dish to cheer up even the most ardent miser.

Pray

Lord, help us be the change we wish to see in the world. Give us the audacity to believe that complicated systems and structures can be toppled by the smallest of voices. Help us be brave in the face of adversity and outspoken on issues of truth and justice.

Through you, all things are possible.

Amen.