As a good Unitarian Universalist Roman Catholic, I am well aware that today is Ash Wednesday. It is the day that we are reminded that we humans, and me, David Markham, are nothing but dust and into dust we shall return.
Just a reminder.
To keep us humble and self conscious.
Today, us good UURCs should not eat meat and choose something to give up for Lent.
In our Postmodern times when self-denial seems very passe some people decide on doing some positive acts during Lent. This is an Okay strategy for observing the season, but, in my opinion, not as good as good ole fashion self denial.
So, friends, as much as I don't want to do it I have decided to give up my beloved caffeinated coffee for the whole season of Lent. I am not sure if I can do it. I am a caffeine addict, I admit it. It is a mood altering drug for me one of my main and few sources of comfort. And yet, this is what Lent is about, to test ourselves as spiritual creatures not as simply a lump of flesh.
So the flesh will suffer, and whether the spirit will soar remains to be seen. I doubt it at first, but perhaps after the first few weeks.......well, we'll see.
Have a meaningful lent that enriches your spiritual life and gives birth to a resurrection of the spirit in the Spring so that in some ways you can say, "I have been born again."