Yesterday I was scrolling through one of my favorite foodie aggregators and noticed multiple recipes for King Cake, a concoction I hadn’t heard of, which is for celebrating online canadian pharmacy Fat Tuesday. “Really?”, I thought, “It’s Mardi Gras already? Which means . . . oh, yes: Lent.”
I had meant to think ahead about Lent this year. Just as I do every year. But instead I find myself committing to some sort of quick resolution to give up something (chocolate, caffeine, mean thoughts about others) that I rarely follow through with because, heck! I’m a Quaker! What am I doing practicing Lent anyway? 🙂 Yes, yes, poor excuse, especially when my faith gathering is actively participating in this liturgical season.
It takes a village to raise a kid, and it takes a community to participate in Lent is my motto this year. That’s why I’m so appreciative of the resources I’ve found online, particularly from Mustad Seed Associates. Christine Sine has organized a synchoblog for people to share their experiences, troubles, joys, and small steady steps as they follow through in living out Lent. MSA has also put together a most excellent Lenten Reflection Guide complete with thematic concerns, prayers, and activities to give more structure to Lenten expressions.
One thing the Sines note is that this is not meant to be done alone: it is meant to be lived out in community. If others are interested, I would love to have a weekly gathering for us to share and discern this experience together – time to strengthen and equip one another as we journey with and adore our Creator who came among us at such great cost. And for those online, if you don’t want to participate in the synchroblog, I humbly offer my blog as a place for you to comment: it’s the best online hospitality I can offer at this point. 🙂