As a former Lutheran, Lent was never really a big deal. I cringe to say that. The church was decorated in lovely purple, there were palm fronds. The children did an Easter pageant, adults did special readings. We never gave anything up for Lent, I didn’t even know that was a thing until 15 years ago, when it was discussed at a spiritual retreat.
I’m not revising this blog to convert anyone to Catholicism, but I do have to say — this religion really takes apart the Word of God and applies to life. You don’t HAVE TO give up meat, or give up anything at all. But for me, after reading about Lent, what it is, why it’s lived, celebrated and taught; I learned that if something is coming between me and God – then that is what should be given up.
I have a list a mile long of what I should not only give up for Lent, but give up all together! Don’t we all? Make an effort. Pray for sanity and endurance.