What’s square, sold only one day a year, made with potato flour, sugar, and lard (YUM) and weighs in with 12 to 21 grams of fat? We even stand in line for one . . . a fastnacht!
In other parts of the country, many will wear masks and beads to celebrate the Mardi Gras season. Here in the distant outskirts of Lancaster, we remember the custom of Shrove Tuesday as the day to rid pantries of lavish and excess, preparing for sacrifice.
In the life of the church, Lent is the season designed to stretch us to reflect on the Lord.
To examine the self and the soul. . . and move things out to create more space for a deeper connection to God.
To give up forty days of yes.
To choose to step away from the usual.
A time to prepare for the holiness of Easter.
What does it mean to just give up desserts, television or facebook?
It’s not about what we give up. It’s about what He gave up.
Ash Wednesday begins the forty-day journey to the cross, I hope you’ll make forty grace stops, recording the way, and may your notes of gratitude overflow to more.
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. 1 John 3:16