l e n t :: day43_need


Do you know how many needs there are in the world?  I’m not talking about new shoes for your Easter dress or a replacement for your lumpy couch but needs for basic human rights – for food, for freedom, for physical health.   Did you know there are 600,000 unused, frozen embryos in the US alone that currently have no designated womb for their continued growth?  That’s about the same number of orphans and family-less kids in the US!  Blows my mind -the number of children in the US alone who have yet a need for a welcoming home.   Come on, land of plenty.  Approximately 1.6 billion people in the world don’t have adequate housing.  About 21,000 people day EACH DAY die from hunger and related issues.    27-30 million people lack personal freedom, caught in modern slavery.

The number of needs is incredible, in the true sense of the word.

You know what we need?  Jesus.  A whole lot more Jesus.  And then the humility and willingness and courage and boldness to live a life worthy of the calling of JESUS.

Tomorrow, we remember how Christ died, surrendering His life for our NEED for grace and salvation.  Look around you, at those you love and are yet to love: what will you surrender for their needs?



Published by Magdalene A.R. Mastin

Magdalene is a pursuer of all things beautiful, inviting others into a life with steady integration of all they say, think, act, eat, love, and enjoy--hopeful for a more centered, peaceful existence, both inside and out. Today, she offers spiritual direction, movement and yoga classes, and women’s retreats, incorporating contemplative Christian spiritual practices, contemporary and authentic movement, and the ancient way of yoga (with a fun side job of lifestyle and commercial photography). Past students and directees have joked that there are few others in the world as dedicated to boundaries, intentionality, rest, and weird voices as Maggie. Magdalene grew up on a small organic sustainable farm in central Indiana, raised in a family of avid readers, generous doers, truth seekers, and good food lovers. Those early experiences laid a great foundation for further mind-body-soul integrative training at Hope College (BA in English and Arts Ministry), Fall Creek Abbey (Certified Spiritual Director), and BodyWorks Studio (200hr YTT). If she’s doing exactly what she wants, you will probably find her on a porch, patio, or beach, drink in hand, dancing away or chatting about life and love and happiness with all her people, especially her partner Jeff and their three kiddos.

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