The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


February 27, 2009

Leaning into Lent

In the flurry of predictable, if not obligatory, articles about the start of Lent that appeared in newspapers this week was one that intrigued because it paired the traditional “giving up” practiced by Christians with the required “giving up” that our contracting economy has forced upon many Americans.

Adrianne Meier, vicar at Augustana Lutheran Church in Hobart, Ind., told the Post-Tribune that “...as people think about what they want to give up, they are thinking about what’s most important.” Excesses tend to stuff us—whether it’s too much cake or too many swipes with our credit card. And such indulging leaves us feeling fat.

But if not having enough to indulge pushes us past thinking about “giving up” to considering what’s core, what’s most important, then this already lean Lenten season may become one of real discovery.

How about you? In giving up, are you finding what’s most important?

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