What are you giving up for Lent?

Super Tuesday is on, ummm…Tuesday.

And then Ash Wednesday follows, and the forty days of Lent, a time of quietening down – playing less, praying more. It seems like a perfect time for the over-harried American electorate to get centered, look within instead of without, and to beg Christ to draw near, to teach us, and to give us wisdom. A time to back away from “the world” and all of its priority-skewering noise, and focus on matters of the spirit.

I think we need it. We need the forty days of slowdown and the hope and renewal of Easter if we’re going to survive this election! :-)

Lent is a gift. It is like a spiritual spring cleaning – a time to put aside all the things which take our focus off of Him; yes, even our politics.

This Lent I think – barring anything earth-shaking (and I am one who believes the earth may yet be shaken, in this election season), and barring international incidents which seem to be looming, I will give up writing about politics or getting sucked in to all this illusion, clatter and chatter.

Gonna be hard. The sitemeter will whimper in loneliness.

Of course, I could give up chocolate and make the nanny state happy.

But I think the other will be better for my soul. And the soul is the issue, not the body.

Of course…it’s not Lent, yet!

I’ll pray about it – see what I’m feeling called to do.

What about you? What are you thinking of giving up? What are you planning on reading for Lent?

Meanwhile: thought about your Guardian Angel, lately?

Three o’clock in the morning
It’s quiet and there’s no one around
Just the bang and the clatter
As an angel runs to ground
Just the bang and the clatter
As an angel hits to ground


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