SueBE over at praypower4today has noted a photo challenge for Lent in her blog post from yesterday. It’s not been my habit to GIVE SOMETHING UP for Lent as much as to ADD something. Usually that means notes, little deeds for unsuspecting people, things I wouldn’t normally go out of my way to do. But I REALLY like the idea of this challenge. Trouble is, I’m stuck at home most of the time with a Kodak that has a dead battery and a camera phone that only works half the time (though my son says it’s me not the phone!). But I’m wondering if it would be just as interesting to scour the internet for images for the challenge. Images that symbolize that day’s word for me. In fact, I think I’m going to do that! It would be kind of like a Lenten Scavenger Hunt. So if you’re one of the folks who observes Lent and this sounds interesting, please read SueBE’s post and follow her link to Alive Now. This challenge starts on Wednesday. And thanks, SueBE, for the INSPIRATION! (Picture credit: celebmix.com)
I have to admit I’ve never been wild for this particular practice. Intellectually, I understand it. You are sacrificing as God/Christ sacrificed. On one level I get it. I can repeat the words. On another level I just don’t care.
In part the problem is that I wasn’t raised with this tradition. As a child, it was carefully explained to me that this was a Catholic practice. The picture that you should be getting here is that this is something they do. It is not something we do.
As an adult, I’ve never accepted that explanation. I have given things up for Lent in the past when I felt that doing so would help me focus. One year I gave up soda. Lent without soda ruined my relationship with this now too-sweet beverage.
A big part of the problem this year is the…
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