#ASW40daygiveandpray View the daily prompts (below) to help you focus your Lenten observance. Each day you will count a particular blessing in your life; pray for an identified need; and set aside a small amount of money.
The cumulative sum of your daily donations will be received at the end of Lent on Sunday, April 21 (Easter Sunday) and blessed to the use of the ‘Deacon’s Cupboard’ food bank at All Saints, which served more than 350 patrons last year. We’re almost halfway through, but you can still catch up.
Here we go…
Fri., March 22: Tally 20¢ for each sink in your home (kitchen, laundry, bathroom). If you have a swimming pool, add 50¢ more. Thank God for clean water and pray for those who must boil or fetch their water daily.
Thurs., March 21: It’s spring! For every serving of vegetable or fruit you eat today, donate 10¢. Thank God specifically for points of goodness in your health and well-being.
Wed., March 20: Count the number of lamps in your house. Donate 5¢ for each one. Ask God to give you clarity on things you are trying to figure out in your life.
Tues., March 19: For every year that you and others in your household attended a post-secondary school, donate 5¢. Pray for those who want to go to school but are denied it because of their race, gender, or lack of resources.
Mon., March 18: How many living plants in your home? Donate 5¢ each. Have more than 15 plants, you can stop at 75¢. Double the tally if one of your plants is a shamrock. Pray specifically for three people who need God’s blessing and some good news in their lives.
SUNDAY (Lent II): Enjoy the Sabbath break. Spend time with loved ones. Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Sat., March 16: Count the number of shoes at your front door right now. Pay 5¢ per shoe. Pray for family members and friends who don’t yet know Jesus that they may someday walk in the hope that only God can give.
Fri., March 15: Did you eat in a restaurant anytime this past week? Pay 50¢ for each night dining out, and add another 20¢ for every person who ate with you. Ask God to give you a deep hunger to make a positive difference in the world.
Thurs., March 14: Tally 25¢ for every musical instrument in your house. More than 8, just put in a toonie (or should we say, “tune-y”?). Say a simple prayer of praise and love for God. Make a joyful noise in your heart.
Wed., March 13: If you have a washer or a dryer, pay 10¢ for each. Pray about forgiveness–the places where you need to wipe the slate clean and forgive yourself and others.
Tues., March 12: Tally 10¢ for each cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate every person in your household drank today. Pray for people whose lives feel empty, asking the Holy Spirit to refresh them and fill their cups with purpose and joy.
Mon., March 11: Donate 20¢ for every bed and pull-out couch in your house. Pray for those who sleep on the streets or who do not feel safe in their own homes.
SUNDAY (Lent I): Enjoy the Sabbath break. Spend time doing something you love. Meet you back here tomorrow.
Sat., March 9: Donate 10¢ for every device or appliance in your house that displays the time. Add 15¢ more if you have an actual clock. Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward tonight. Pray that God will show you ways to use your time well in His service.
Fri., March 8: How many cookbooks do you own? Pay 5¢ for each one. Pray for those who struggle to feed themselves and their families.
Thurs., March 7: How many stairs in your house? Donate 5¢ for each step. Too many to count, pay just a dollar. Ask God to show you anything in your life (sins, attitudes, actions, etc.) that hinders you in your faith walk.
Wed., March 6 How many pancakes were eaten yesterday? Tally 10¢ per pancake. If you had real maple syrup, add 25¢ more. Ask God to help you and strengthen you as you give alms and pray for the next 40 days.