Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday (a note especially for those of you whose
churches may not be all that focused on the church calendar). Not
that mine has mentioned it much either this year. Anyway, I think
I’m going to go to an Ash Wednesday service tomorrow night at the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Episcopal) that’s just up the street from my house.
Kristen and I were discussing last night what we were going to give up
for Lent. Two years ago I gave up reading fiction – which was
harder than I thought. Last year, I think Lent blew by me, as I
was consumed in the cloud of grad school and student teaching.
Last year, Kristen gave up radio in her car – a hard sacrifice for her
because we love NPR so much. This
year, Kristen is giving up websurfing. She will let herself check
her e-mail and read the Baltimore Sun on-line (our way of getting news
because we don’t have a TV). Otherwise, no Internet.
I think that I am going to give up all forms of sugar. I haven’t
been eating dessert (other than a couple times of deliberate cheating)
since January because Lora Graham and I were doing that together.
But I think I am going to forgo sugar altogether. That means no
sugar in my tea, no jam on my toast, no honey on my oatmeal. I
may be miserable, I may feel much more healthy, I don’t know.
I’ll keep you posted.
Any other Lenten fasting plans out there?