I’m super-duper excited that today is Shrove Tuesday! My excitement is not about pancakes, but about the fact that today being Shrove Tuesday means that tomorrow is Ash Wednesday – the start of Lent.
Until last year, I always felt a bit ambiguous about Lent. The forty days & nights that preceed Easter have no particular significance in terms of Quakerism; the Quaker view that every day is special means that we don’t recognise particular days as ‘holy’ or ‘religious’. The idea of arbitarily giving something up also seemed like it could end up being a pointless exercise devoid of meaning. At the same time, the idea of doing something, using the period as a time of reflection, had huge appeal. But what?
As I was musing on possible Lent-related activities last year, a leaflet fell out of a magazine (Psychologies, to be precise) and into my lap. The leaflet was for Christian Aid’s ‘Count Your Blessings’ Lent programme: daily snippets of info & statistics designed to encourage reflection on how blessed we are. I can honestly say that it changed my life, encouraging a level of gratitude that was far beyond anything I could muster up before.
I was delighted when I saw that they’re running something similar this year. I have my leaflet ready & I’m desperate for Lent to begin. Whether you consider yourself religious or not, I’d encourage anyone to give it a go. Follow the link in the banner above & see where their Lent journey takes you…