Shrove Tuesday

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
Shrove Tuesday.
Supposed to use up all the fat,
get the desires of the flesh
out of the system,
get ready to get serious.

I’m not there.
I’m feeling: Really? Lent again?
Tomorrow the fasting and ashes?
I’m deep in the fat,
kind of liking the desires of the flesh.
I feel like sitting this one out.

Help me, Jesus.

OK, he says.
Spend this whole day being selfish.
Get God out of your mind.
Just you, on your own.
No holiness, no transcendence,
no courageous love.
Just fat and self-indulgence.
Don’t slack off. Make a day of it.
Wallow in your sorrow,
flaunt your depravity,
lose yourself in all that’s shallow and flimsy.
Let the cement of your despair set solid.

Then tomorrow tell me
if you’re ready for the long road
toward a new life.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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