What if we DON’T give up something for Lent?

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It is nearly time for Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.  These two events escort in the season of Lent.  Typically when we think of Lent we think of it as a time to “give something up”.    For many people it is a time to give up sweets, or coffee or some other item that is an Achilles heel for us.  We tell ourselves that when we get a hankering for one of these things,  we will just pray for God to help us get over it, and that will make us better people.  This giving-something- up discipline might be a good idea, but the truth is, it keeps us focused on what we have decided we “can’t have”.  In the end, we spend all of our time fighting the feeling of desire.  It is like making a  New Year’s resolution that never gets fulfilled, which provokes a sense of guilt.

Recently I read an article about not giving up anything for Lent.  Allowing Lent to be a season of fullness and blessing.    This year, consider  the possibility of taking in all that God offers us.  Consider heightening your awareness of beauty, of God’s timing and presence in the people, opportunities and world around you.  This year let’s not “give up” anything, but throw open the doors of our hearts and minds and let all that God is and offers, touch the depths of our soul and empower us to live life to the fullest.

Shalom, Nancy