Lent… a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count).During the 6 weeks (or 40 days preceding Palm Sunday) an item that you are very attached to is chosen to “sacrifice” or basically not indulge in for the duration of the Lenten season.
Not all Christian churches observe Lent. Lent is mostly observed by the Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican denominations, and also by Roman Catholics, thus I am off the hook for this (since we are Baptist) but somehow I always seem to feel like I should participate in some way.
Since the idea seemed to be something I could no longer ignore I swung into action. I took a small survey on line at a site called BuzzFeed.com about what they suggested I abstain from and it said: television! Really? TV? I actually can’t, for the sake of my job, discontinue watching television!
So I asked a few friends and co-workers what they thought: Booze was their answer. An excellent idea, and one I agree should, and will be eliminated from my diet eventually, but with a celebrity roast, an epic parade, and then the first of two cruises literally all literally weeks apart, it would seem unrealistic to think it possible to completely eliminate alcohol from my diet.
Then it hit me… what would I miss more than life itself and still be able to side step completely without a chance of being “required” to partake in its consumption? The answer: Chicken Wings.
Yes for the next 6 weeks, a long and agonizing 40 days I might add, I will be giving up wings… for lent. Sigh! Wish me strength and God’s speed.