A Prayer for You for Today

Prayer from Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Germany, 1906-1945)

O God, early in the morning I cry to you. Help me to pray; and to concentrate my thoughts on you; I cannot do this alone.

In me there is darkness, but with you there is light; I am lonely, but you do not leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help; I am restless, but with you there is peace. In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience; I do not understand your ways, but you know the way for me. . . .

Restore me to liberty, and enable me to live now that I may answer before you and before men. Lord, whatever this day may bring, your name be praised.

Amen.

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Fish Fridays During Lent

I learned something new at work last week.  Catholics do not eat meat on Fridays during Lent.  When I inquired about it, no one really knew why, but that’s just what they did (or didn’t do) on Friday’s during Lent.  So that left me wondering and doing a little internet research.  If you know more about this … please leave comments below.  I’d love to learn.

Let’s start from a Theological perspective:  in the church, we commemorate Jesus’ death as being on a Friday.  Because of that, people have written of fasting on Friday to remember His sacrifice for us from very early on.  That’s it.  It’s just that simple.  So in an effort to not forget Jesus’ sacrifice, many cut out meat on Fridays.  Eating fish is fair game for Fridays because they are cold-blooded animals.  Apparently it’s only warm-blooded — live off the land sort of animals — that are off-limits.

As the church and Catholicism grew, fasting from meat was not just a Friday during lent sort of thing. Most catholics were supposed to fast from meat every Friday to continually remind themselves of Jesus’ death on the cross. When adding in advent and other Holy Days in the christian calendar, Fish Friday’s grew in popularity.

I read an interesting USA today article concerning Fish Friday’s and a McDonald’s in a largely catholic part of Cincinnati. Apparently, the franchise was doing very poorly on Fridays and was going under. The Owner/General Manager knew he needed a non-meat alternative for Friday if his business was going to survive. So he developed the Filet-o-Fish sandwich. The the full article here.

I personally did not adopt the ‘no meat Friday’ as a part of my fasting this year. I’m going to keep it in my thoughts and see if that is something I think I need to pull in at another time. I will tell you, this would be a hard one for me. I don’t really care for fish, so it would definitely be a sacrifice for me. Maybe that is reason enough to pull it in and take part?

Do you eat meat on Fridays during Lent? Was it something you grew up doing or are you doing it just recently as an addition to your Lenten fasting routine? I’m super interested to know!

No Fasting on Sundays

photo-2Did you know it is a part of the Lenten tradition to NOT fast on Sundays?  I had no idea!  The reason?  We treat every Sunday like a Mini-Easter.  We celebrate His resurrection.  So how do we have a Mini-Easter celebration every Sunday?  I have a few suggestions …  More

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday.  What exactly is Ash Wednesday?  Well, this might be a simple question for you.  Maybe you know the answer to that question right away.  Unfortunately, I didn’t.  I never grew up giving much thought to Ash Wednesday. I didn’t even know it existed until I was in my twenties.  The short answer: Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.  That’s swell and all, but what is it really for and why do so many make a special trip to their church to get ashes on their forehead? More

Lent, Ash Wednesday & Easter

Did you grow up celebrating Lent?  I never did.  I’m guessing it was only because I was not in a church that did.  I did grow up going to church though, and still do.  My faith is very important to me.  I’m a 100% believer in Jeremiah 17:9:

“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 NAS

My heart is sick.  It’s in a dead-end situation and in need of a Savior.  I also believe 100% in Romans 6:23 and Romans 10:9:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:23 NAS

“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Romans 10:9

All that being said … I need Jesus.  Scripture says I do and I know it.  I need Him to do a good work in and through me on a minute-by-minute basis, every day of my life.  Christmas and Easter are two Christian holidays I don’t take lightly.   More

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