Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, welcome to another CSM Sunday. I hope you have a beautiful day and that, wherever you are, the sun shines so you can get outside or breathe some fresh air through an open window.
Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. We are now in Lent.
So, what did you give up for Lent? Was it Salt & Vinegar crisps like Theresa May? Biscuits or chocolate perhaps? Swearing? Or did you avoid the issue altogether like an Editor of this magazine who, after a couple of recent knee operations, responded when asked what he’d given up for Lent with “walking”.
Why do we give up things for Lent? In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penance. Lent provides a time to reflect on our own frailties, our human imperfections and our selfishness. Living in today’s fast-paced environment, selfishness is a sad and growing sin we must all be mindful of.
Have a beautiful day. Be strong-willed if you have given something worthwhile up for Lent. If you’ve not given something up, it’s not too late to start now. Here’s a Lenten prayer to help you on your way. God Bless.
Father of my soul,
Mother of my heart,
I know your love for me is limitless beyond imagining.
You care for me as a loving parent.
Through my smallest Lenten sacrifices,
help me to become less selfish
and more aware of your ways.
Fan the flame of my desire
to draw ever closer to you.
Guide me to seek your love.