Rethinking Lent

Lent

When I was growing up in the Bible Belt no one ever mentioned Lent. I didn’t know a single adult who participated in the practice. I never saw people walking around town with a thumbprint of ashes on their foreheads. Seems to me that Baptist were sacrificing stuff all the time — we didn’t really [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday Reflection

  And this Ash Wednesday from Madeleine L’Engle:  “I pray for courage to mourn so that I may be strengthened.  There is much to mourn, for we feel grief not only for the physical death of one we love or admire.  I mourn for the loss of dreams and the presence of nightmare…Until I can mourn [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday: Late for Lent

The Baptists I grew up around did not participate in Lent.  The Baptists I knew and loved didn’t give up anything: football, fried chicken or friends. The only references I heard to Lent in those days involved either the dryer or a person’s belly button. And yes, I do know that is spelled L-I-N-T, not [Read More...]


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