Giving Up Giving Something Up For Lent
It feels ancient and sacred and holy.
It allows us to physically participate in our faith with symbols and liturgy and vows.
The prayers, as I printed below, are deep and profound and cleansing.
However, I won’t be celebrating.
It’s not that I don’t need more discipline and repentance…I surely do.
It’s not that I object to “giving something up for Lent”…so much has already been stripped from me that I’ve learned to hold it all with a loose hand.
In this season of my life I don’t need to think about what I’m giving up, what I’m sacrificing, or how holy I am.
I need to see Jesus.
Jesus… who didn’t give up Facebook for a month, but who gave His life for mine.
Jesus… who lived a holy and perfect life because I can’t and who died in my place to accomplish what no ritual can.
Jesus…who sacrificed it all because nothing I sacrifice will save me.
Jesus…who is entirely the author and finisher of my faith.
Jesus…who came to give, not take away.
What I need is not a ritual or tradition, but more of a Person.
Today, if you are participating in Ash Wednesday, tell us why and what it means to you.