Church of Christer Does Lent , Day One
A good Ash Wednesday to everyone. I am observing the holiday and season of Lent this year, but without all of the really Catholic things like ashes on my face.
Upon some discussion among my friends and spiritual family, I have decided that I am doing a fruit and water only diet from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. This way my religious exercise will not be a burden on our host families in Lansing, Michigan next week, but I am still giving up somethings that I love for the majority of the waking hours.
In addition, I hope to cram in some good study and prayer time daily, as well as reflection which will mostly be in the form of writing, much of which you will read here.
I grew up with Methodist friends who really loved Lent. They would give up things like pop, tv, scream-o, music or certain colors for Lent. There was a cool high school community of them who would talk about it and I am sure keep each other accountable. We used to make fun of them and call them a cult, but I am sure their Lent experiences were much more rich since they were there for each other when they messed up or were feeling like giving up.
The season of Lent, however, is not just about giving things up, but really focusing your mind on God and Christ and his death in preparation for Easter. You do this through self-denial, prayer, meditation and thoughtfulness toward God.
It should be a learning experience if nothing else. Surely it will build a level of love and appreciation toward my Catholic brothers and sister who do this every year of their lives.
I will be posting here regularly, feel free to share your stories as well. For now, I am going to go eat a banana.