Whoa! Part of my post disappeared. I hope it comes through. Don’t want to have to re-edit a THIRD time!
Happy Ash Wednesday!
Do you say “Happy Ash Wednesday”? What exactly is Ash Wednesday? And why is it called Ash Wednesday? Am I supposed to burn something? I really should have paid more attention in Sunday school all those years ago. I get that it’s the start of Lent and that there are 40 days until Easter and that people go to church and get black crosses marked on their forehead. (I actually went to church often enough one year that I did get marked.) But I’m not religious enough to “get” it. I have never given up something for Lent. I could give up coffee, but someone could get hurt.
Actually, I lied. My understanding is that whatever you give up must be a strong enough sacrifice. For some, coffee is it, but I periodically give up coffee anyhow, usually during the summer months. I suppose I could give up gambling. Biloxi is so close by that it could be very tempting…except I’ve got so much going on over the next two months, I don’t have time (or money) to go gambling. I could give up all alcoholic beverages, but I did that when I was pregnant. So let’s see…three times nine months, divided by 40 days equals…close enough to 20 years worth of Lents that I’m NOT giving up my wine. Besides, if Jesus turned water into wine, should we really be giving it up?
I certainly don’t want Jesus to think I’m being ungrateful.
But, I’m willing to try to give up something this year. You know those cutesy little crack-like addictive Facebook games? The ones you play when you just want to veg out for about 10 minutes and two hours later, you’re still trying to beat your own top score? Well that’s it! Time for me to get my Ash in gear. No more Bejeweled Blitz, Panda Jam, or Candy Crush. Those puppies and birdies are going to have to find someone else to save them in Pet Rescue Saga. One of my other Facebook friends can have the top score in Zuma Blitz. I’ve got writing and laundry to do. That pile of dishes won’t do themselves. My theme for the next 40 days is Git ‘R Done!
Oh no! I’ve said it out loud! It’s in writing! Now I have to do it. Crap. Where’s that delete key?
Your turn, dear readers…Do you observe the lenten season? Do you give up something? If you didn’t, would you consider it this year? And what would you NEVER give up?