When Aaron handed me this book and I began reading through the introductory chapters, I was moved. Being back home, in the midst of transition, repairing relationships, and yearning for something stable, one of our overwhelming emotions and thoughts has been this one..."How do we live out our convictions towards the poor now that we're home? Given this clean slate, where everything feels wide open...how do we set up our new life here, leaving the right amount of space and resources available so we can continue to learn how to pour our life out for the hurting and destitute?"
Chris Seay's book seems like a timely gift.
"Can we embrace the truths of Christ if we do not embrace His posture? His hands were exposed to disease and leprosy as He touched the sick. His knee bent to the ground to wash the sullied feet of His friends. His eyes lifted in prayer to the Father. His body bowed and was broken to death. As we learn to march in step with our Savior, we find that our swagger gives way to a lowly and humble way of walking." -- Chris Seay
A Place at the Table - Promo from Chris Seay on Vimeo.
It is with eager anticipation that we look forward to the season of lent, and specifically how this 40 days of focusing on poverty related issues will inspire change. It's sobering to realize the plight of the poor and the condition of our souls are not two separate issues. They are linked and deeply interwoven. The fact that stifling poverty exists for so many around the world says a great deal about my own poverty. We walk into this season of lent asking God to lead, comfort, satisfy, and heal the poor knowing we fall into that category.
Lent begins on Wednesday, February 22.
We'll share more excerpts from Seay's book between now and then in case you may want to purchase it. The book is broken into 40 short readings to be used every day during Lent. Each day's reading also contains a small section focusing on a country and person who needs prayer. In addition, you can find a daily video that corresponds with each reading.
To buy the book: A Place at the Table: 40 days of Solidarity with the Poor
To view the daily videos: here's the link.
Growing up, I thought Lent was something reserved for my Catholic friends. In my religious superiority, I never stopped to find out what my Catholic friends were actually celebrating. When God graciously opened my mind a tiny bit, and I started asking questions instead of judging, I found that Lent is a time of preparation leading up to Easter. It's a beautiful, focused season when believers can savor the story of the gospel, the meaning of the cross, and the hope of the resurrection. What a perfect time to ask God how these truths can bring about actual, tangible change in our lives and ultimately in this world.