Today is the first day of the Lenten season, a time to reflect, repent, be intentional in seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord. Instead of "giving up" or fasting, I want to give forward and each day do something intentional.....be kind, thoughtful, giving....
I remember an Ash Wednesday service in Lawton, OK, at a Catholic church there; the priest said he was going to write a letter or a card during each day of Lent. That resolution has stayed with me. I remember as a child wondering what good it was doing for someone to give up cokes or chocolate for Lent. How was that helping them, or anybody else?
Of course, as a child I was being raised in the Southern Baptist traditions, and we did not celebrate Lent. I'd only heard of Lent from my elementary peers at school who were of the Catholic, Episcopalian or possibly Methodist persuasion.
It is also a time for thankfulness as the dishwasher repairman is on his way to our home to install the electronic part needed to get our machine up and running again. WOO HOO!