I’m hungry for pancakes at IHOP. But I don’t have a car today nor any makings at home. Pancakes must wait until tomorrow, after I get the oil changed in the car, but hopefully, before the 11:30 Ash Wednesday service. And then a haircut. Busy day tomorrow.
Ash Wednesday worship will be squeezed in between a lot of other activity. No time to enjoy pancakes today. No time to go into my closet and pray. Anyway, it’s full of clothes.
How will I “keep lent?” Well back on Valentine’s day I started my effort to read through the entire bible from Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” to Revelation 22:21 “The grace of the Lord Jesus, be with all. Amen.” In between, there are numerous stories leading to our salvation and some tough sledding through Leviticus. I also intend to read an old devotional pamphlet by Henri Nouwen which contains his reflections on Rembrandt’s painting of the Prodigal Son.
During lent I will continue to enjoy God’s gifts. Ecclesiastes 2:24, “There is nothing better than to eat and drink and find enjoyment, for these are the from the hand of God.” But I will also seek to remember the third stanza of the 11th century hymn “Song of Gladness.”
Alleluia cannot always
Be our song while here below;
Alleluia, our transgressions
Make us for a while forgo;
For the solemn time is coming
When our tears for sin must flow