Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Not giving up anything for Lent

My late father was Roman Catholic and every year I'd hear him declare something that he was giving up for lent. Most times it was something tongue-in-cheek like Rabbit Stew so that he could not fail at his goal. I heard quite a few people talking this week about giving up soda and chocolate and all sorts of "worldly" things. Quite truthfully, I don't think I should be giving up food items for Lent because I'm already on a "take better care of my body" kick.

Instead I've decided to gain something during the Lent season. I'm going to spend 30 minutes each morning in meditation and prayer. I'm hoping this time will be something that I can cherish and look forward to. My sacrifice is that I spend so much time talking when I pray, I'd like to really spend more time listening and just being.

May this Lent season bring you peace and reflection.


Anonymous said...

I'm sort of doing the same thing - I made a new blog with daily devotionals so I can reflect at the beginning of the day.

Angie said...

I think this is an excellent Lenten sacrifice of your time! Best of luck to you!

Zach and Beth said...

I think that is an excellent idea. Growing up, we never celebrated lent. In fact, if I'm completely honest, I have to admit that I really don't know what it's really about. I know you have some sort of sacrifice (time, food, addictions, etc.), but I've never really studied it. I think for next year I am going to suggest to the hubs that we consider observing lent and really making it worthwhile.