Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-17; Psalm 104:25-25; Mark 7:14-23
What are you giving up for Lent this year? Ash Wednesday is only one week away and it’s that time of year when people start considering what guilty pleasure they’re going to sacrifice for the Lenten season. Many choose things that they feel are bad for them like a favorite dessert, red meat, or like me in my senior year of college, my favorite beer: a thick, dark, Irish Stout. At the time, I felt as many people do, that in order to deserve Easter freedom, I should have to suffer a little. Looking back I realize that I missed the point of the exercise. The Lenten fast is not necessarily about denouncing that which is bad for us, nor is it about making ourselves miserable for a few weeks. Rather, in the words of Step 3 of theTwelve Suggested Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, it is about ‘turning our will and our lives over to the care of God,’ trusting that He will provide for our needs in abundance.