Lent Pieces

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.

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You and Me

We are friends.  Jesus and Me.  He sits shotgun when I drive, He is my conscious when I’m stuck with a decision.  When I’m in anguish, He comforts me.  When I am bored, I get into the Word for inspiration and encouragement.  Songs have been written about this friendship:  “What a friend we have in Jesus” or “Jesus is a friend of mine.”  Jesus is the original friend on Facebook; He tweets out blessings every day, and Pinterest?  Yah, no more card catalogs in heaven!  🙂

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If Jesus isn’t your best friend, you need to take a look at who fills that spot.