Ok. So not the typical Lenten expectation. I stopped for dog food and beer (well, it’s the truth, folks) and ended up with a few additional things…a poppy, fresh mint, the lately elusive pomegranate aeriels that I have been searching for for weeks, finally in stock tonight.
Yeah there’s a kalonchoe, too. A few little starter plants out of view. Ok. Bunny Sweet Tarts. Lots of good things.
Quite the weekend cart. During Lent???
But guess what? I’m looking at that cart with gratitude. I’m thankful I can enjoy a variety of things and share a few, too.
Sometimes our Lenten sacrifices have nothing to do with giving up treats. The purpose of Lent is to prepare ourselves for the renewal of our baptismal promise on Easter Sunday. Yes to almsgiving, yes to penance, yes to sacrifice, yes to prayer, yes to anything that will bring you closer to knowledge of yourself.
But, no. No to preconceived ideas about “giving up this or that” and a big NO to guilt and telling someone what they should do or not do and a bigger N-O to thinking that Lent is a competition to see who can last the longest on their goals.
We are getting ready to enter Holy Week. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. So much to witness to, so much to participate in.
As we enter the week ahead, may you be blessed in countless ways and realize the joy of abundance. Abundance in whatever your cart might hold and abundance in what is coming…the greatest gift of all.