Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Lent is a period of 40 days and 40 nights that Catholics and some other Christian denominations use to focus on prayer and sacrifice leading up to Easter.
It used to be that people fasted the entire time (only eating one meal per day except on Sundays), and consumed no meat or dairy. The rules have been loosened significantly since then, and now people do not eat meat on Fridays (except for fish) and “give up” something for the duration.
I usually give up something that’s moderately difficult for me, like chocolate (gasp!). But this year I wanted to do something more. Giving up chocolate is not going to strengthen my faith or cause me to love my neighbor more. It’s just a sacrifice, and not a very big one. So when Glennon from Momastery asked her readers (Christian or not) to join her in giving up ingratitude for 40 days, I thought THIS is something great.
The next 40 nights, before I go to bed, I will write down three things that I am especially grateful for. It may be easy at first; family, health, home. But I have a feeling by the end of Holy Week I will have had to dig deep and really examine all of the wonderful things in my life. Luke and I are going to read his new Bible together, and this will be my most meaningful Lent yet! Oh, and I’m going to give up coffee too, just for good measure:)
Do you practice Lent? If so, what are you giving up this year? Feel free to join us in giving up ingratitude!!!
Until our next adventure,