Sunday, February 10, 2008

Lent Meme

Sundays don't count. This comes from the GalPals.

1. Did you celebrate Mardi Gras and/or Ash Wednesday this week? How? In addition to what I'm doing on this blog, I've given up fast food. So on Tuesday for lunch I had a large Whopper meal from Burger King. That's as Mardi Gras as it got. I led a service on Ash Wednesday, scant in attendance but meaningful nonetheless.

2. What was your most memorable Mardi Gras/Ash Wednesday/Lent? My freshman year of college, when I first started reading stuff about the historical Jesus and had my faith world turned upside down. I'd joined a friend in giving up TV that year, so there was plenty of extra time to read and reflect. Ever since then, I've associated Lent with heavy reflection and usually giving up something that'll mean something.

3. Did you/your church/your family celebrate Lent as a child? If not, when and how did you discover it? We celebrated it as much as anyone else. My brother and I always gave up something like chocolate or Oreos or soda or something. But at that point, I knew it much more as a simple tradition than for the meaning behind it.

4. Are you more in the give-up camp, or the take-on camp, or somewhere in between? Yes. I've always been in the give-up camp, and only in the past few years have added some things. I think it's cleansing and eye-opening for people to give up something that we think we need for a keeps us honest and shows us where we really stand with this or that craving, addiction, or frivolous expenditure. My attempt to give up the internet last year and then my scaling it back to giving up blogging proved that to me.

5. How do you plan to keep Lent this year? No fast food and undertaking the Big Serious Blogging Experiment, both of which are shaping up quite well so far.