Today is the first Sunday of Lent.
I didn’t grow up Catholic, nor am I Catholic now; my denomination has never required me to “give up” anything for Lent. And yet, I always saw it as a sad time, those weeks leading us up to Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. (The whole idea of Good Friday being GOOD is enough for another post, another time.)
Now, as a thinking adult, I find Lent to be a time of reflection, for taking stock of what is important in my life. I no longer see it as a season of feeling “blue.” Somber at times, yes — but not “blue.”
Discuss: Have you given up anything for Lent? Or perhaps you have taken something on (practicing a new habit)?