The Art of Lent – Day 6, Tuesday

The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow. When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. Hes dressed himself in burlap ans sat on a heap of ashes. Then the king and his nobles sent this decree through the city: “No one, not even animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must turn from their evil way and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”

Jonah 3:5-9 NLT

The fast declared by the king of Nineveh was both a demonstration of belief in God’s message and mourning for his people’s evil ways. The king recognized that an about-face was required if they were to escape God’s wrath. Imagine that you are a news reporter on the scene. Write an article about the events in Nineveh or an interview with a character in the story.

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