With Ash Wednesday bearing down on us (good GOD where did the first month and a half of 2007 GO?!?!?!), I've started to hear what is usually a flippant, throwaway question.
"So, whatcha giving up for Lent this year?"
Yep, McDonalds is running ads for their Filet-O-Fish, signs are popping up around town for Friday fish frys (fries? hmmm...), and New Orleans, though recovering from hurricanes and tornadoes is in its full gluttonous glory.
I urge you, even if you're from a tradition that doesn't observe the season of Lent, to lay all that other crap aside and read this post from RevScott's blog Nachfolge, which does an incredible job of bringing us back to the purpose of Lent, as well as our daily discipleship purpose as God's children.
What am I giving up for Lent this year?
Not ritual, mind you. Meaningless ritual. My Lenten discipline is to discover and re-discover the ways in which God is drawing me to him through word, sacrament, ritual, liturgy, tradition.
I'll let you know how the journey goes.