Kelly Desclos-Estes, Glen Allen, VA

Scripture: Romans 12:1-3

I first entertained the idea of “giving up something” for Lent in graduate school. I gave up bread and sweets.

I have to admit it didn’t mean much. I simply waited until the following Sunday to have my “treat.”

Years later, my minister suggested a true Lenten sacrifice takes creativity and commitment.

“Whatever ‘it’ is, it needs to hurt.”

We must ask ourselves, “What can we give that can compare to the pain and suffering Jesus experienced?”

I thought about what I could give. Attention? Discipline? Time? All of the Above?

Since considering Lent to be a time of sacrificial love, my outlook has changed.

I joined book groups, completed bible studies, and became a Stephen Minister.

Each season, I listen for God’s direction. Most often, a situation presents itself which requires my response.

Ironically, these are the times when “it” hurts.

At church on Easter Sunday morning, I feel a sense of inner peace and am in awe of God’s power and desire to see me through the rough patches.


God, our Father, help us reshape the image of what a Lenten sacrifice can be.

Guide us to be more giving and less consumed by habit and routine.

Make us more willing to direct our energy and use our talents to do Your will in our communities and the world.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.


A daily Lenten devotional reprinted with permission from The Society of St. Andrew to inspire help sharing nourishing food with neighbors in need. 

Every $1 donated provides more than 40 servings to those in greatest need. A donation of $47 for the 47 days in Lent provides more than 1,880 servings. 

What a way to celebrate the resurrection of hope and lift the cup of salvation for our hungry neighbors! 

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