Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Lent


I have to admit that whenever Lent came I usually missed it. This year I am actually going to be involved this year and do something. I will be giving up something for lent and I'll be going through the church fathers daily readings as prepared by The King Of Ohio. My plans for lent are:

  • To eat no fast food or take out of any kind. Unless I go out to eat with someone I will only eat foods that I prepared myself. Nothing out of a can, box, etc. or any sort of carry out from buffets.
  • I will get up at 6:00 AM every morning to do my readings.
  • I'll spend more time in prayer and meditation.

Is anyone else doing anything? What are you giving up? If you are not participating why aren't you participating? Discuss.

posted by Out Of Jersey | 9:25 AM

14 Comments:

Blogger la vie en rose said...

being a baptist we never participated in lent but i've always been interesed in the concept and there have been periods in my life when i've chosen to give something up for a certain reason. i'll be anxious to read more about your lent expereince.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Michelle Fry said...

I am not religous and therefore don't participate in lent but I think it's a good idea to give up something for a while in place of meditation or mindfulness.

7:34 PM  
Blogger LutherPunk said...

No booze, no soda, and reflection on the Rule of St. Benedict.

No booze will be hard because I will be in Memphis during Lent doing the whole Elvis/Rockabilly thing.

4:03 AM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

Rose,
I never practiced lent either. I always sort of ignored it. This'll be interesting, though I hate to admit I already gave up at the whole 6:00 AM thing. I'm just not a morning person.

Michelle,
There have been a lot of bad habits I've picked up over the year, they say it takes 40 days to break that habit. I'm hoping this is the case. Plus focussing my attention onto something else will be beneficial.

Lutherpunk,
I will so pray for you! Be strong brother. I've never read the Rule of St. Benedict, and to be honest I only read a limited number of the church fathers. I'll be interested in hearing your reflections ont he matter.

5:18 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

My husband is giving up the computer for Lent. I'm giving up fast food and all sweets. I'm hoping that this will get me headed towards a healthier lifestyle so I can finally lose some weight.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Carmel said...

I'm giving up all sweet foods, I tend to reach for something sweet all the time so I am stopping that.
I'm doing Jonathan's reading plan too! I hope you enjoy it, I have so far, since I am a day ahead of all b/c of living in Australia.
I'm really glad that you are observing it this year.
My preist said that when we give our "something" up and feel the discomfort of not having it, we can think of the poor and hungry's discomfort, so I have been trying to do that.
:)

1:18 PM  
Blogger Jessy said...

I'm not so much giving up anything because I didn't understand enough about lent before hand to prepare, but Im going to try to give more time up for praying and considering Jesus in everything that I do.

I am going to try to abstain from meat too, because I dont really eat that much of it to begin with----although my first meal of Lent last night was a meat food LOL. I'm hopeless. Ill also read at least two passages from my bible each day.

:)

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

Wendy,
Everyone seems to be giving up some sort of junk food (guilty!).

Carmel,
I am curious to see what I come up with too.

Jess,
You probably chose the best thing of all.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Shesawriter said...

I'm non-denominational, so I've never done lent. But if I was to give up something that I really love, it would have to be the computer. :-(

Tanya

5:04 PM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

Tanya,
That's the other big thing I see people giving up.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Tony Myles said...

I'm giving up "excess."

In food... in all things, and simply choosing to live simply.

So far, I'm doing horrible.

12:47 AM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

Tony, on the first day I had a hunge cunumdrom, is eating a soft pretzel considered take out?

10:38 AM  
Anonymous sean said...

Hey there-
For the past couple of years, my wife and I have done something for lent. Lately hers involves food. Year before last she ate only on sundays and this year it's a modified "daniel diet" with only fruits and veggies. I think it's awesome that you guys are giving up certain foods. Perhaps one year I'll do that.

I don't spend as much time as I normally should reading and praying, so I'm doing daily readings and giving up my time. I should be doing that anyways, but hopefully this will help to get me into more of a habit.

10:22 AM  
Blogger katalig said...

I think the best thing about lent is the discussion between our two children about what they will be obstaing from. We have tried to explain to them that it should be an everyday indulgence. But they always have their own ideas. Keep in mind my children are 5 and 9. this year my daughter has given up wearing her newly acquired bra. She has no need for it in the first place, but it is something that signifies growing up to her and I think it's cute. My son has given up his beloved "Blankie". Blankie no longer resembles a blanket at all. I would'nt even consider it to be a good dust rag.

Just thought I'd share how children participate also.

10:08 AM  

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