I decided to repost this from last year's Ash Wednesday since it captures how I feel about this season in the church calendar.
Today, February 17, 2010, marks the first day of Lent. Some Christians observe this traditional day on the church calendar by entering into a season of fasting and reflection as they prepare their hearts for the Passion season of Christ. Tonight we will head to church for the 'imposition of ashes' and the reminder that "we are from dust, and to dust we shall return."
My fasting list for this year includes:
No more cussing. (I am originally from New Jersey. What can I say?)
No bread. No cookies. No cake. No doughnuts. No crackers.
This year I won't be observing a fast from the internet, since last year's fast took care of my overdosing. I am now an official blogging slacker... and a happy one at that!!
For LentLent begins today.
40 days until Easter.
This is a time when we reflect. we dwell on thoughts of what He did for us. and we remember the Ultimate Saving Sacrifice, with a small token of our own sacrifice.
I love the season of Lent because I love me some good Drama....
Easter unfolds fresh and glorious and bright,
after a season of remembering the days of Gethsemane, sacrifice, beatings, and silent suffering that He endured.
so we can have Hope.
For Lent, I am giving up some little things... some normal things,
and refocusing on things that are good for me. that are alive.
So that I can dwell on Him more.
So that I can think on Him whenever I have to stop and resist, or make a good choice.
No cake. No muffins. and No cookies.
No internet after 6pm (this one is hard! would you please forgive me for a decrease in commenting????? maybe you should join in?).
And an attempt to work-out, even just 10 minutes, every single day.
that is my list of not-very-spiritual-seeming-sacrifices.
But during these 40 days, I turn my eyes to the dark history of Jesus's suffering. And I remember with the help of the little things.
and as for Drama?
Cake tastes really really good on Easter morning.