Fasting

“What are you giving up for Lent?” That is the traditional question. It is the practice of giving something up — as in fasting from it. I will admit to engaging in this practice in some pretty traditional ways. You know — giving up sweets, or alcohol, giving up a couple of meals a week. I remember asking a friend many years ago what she was giving up for Lent? Her answer was gossip. She was giving up talking about other people behind their backs. Now, I was impressed as I had not thought about it that way before. 
 
Others talk about adding something like some habit or practice for Lent,  exercise, prayer, Bible reading, or some sort of service to others. What a good idea that is. 
 
What will you add to your life or subtract from your life for Lent? I think the whole point is — how will you draw closer to God in this beautiful and important season? How will you draw closer to others? How will you better care for the earth? How will you care more for yourself? Maybe we should add or subtract something for each of these categories. 
 
Think about it. Reflect on it. As the traditional words say it, in the Ash Wednesday service, I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to observe a holy Lent: by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.
 
All for the love of God and neighbor! May you be filled with new life when Easter comes!

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