I am convinced that the Creator has a sense of humor. My Bible says that He laughs. (In my imagination, I hear the guffaws of the Almighty every time I try to set my agenda for the day.)
So I gather Heaven finds it hilarious, watching the mental and even physical gymnastics happening today as the faithful attempt to balance the fasting that signals the start of the holy season, and the unholy behavior that often accompanies Valentine’s Day. Besides the gluttony of binge-eating chocolates, there is the practical idol-worship of the objects of our affections. Not to mention the random hook-ups, the overspending and overall bad decision-making that results from crumbling under societal pressures to be coupled up on Valentine’s Day.
I decided early in the year that I would not be fasting. When I looked at my calendar last week, I was assured that I had made the right decision. How can anyone be expected to fast from alcohol and/or chocolate on a holiday based largely on the consumption of both? Besides that, it’s girl scout cookie season. My stress level is relatively high, and my tolerance level is at an All-time low. This is not a good time for me to be fasting. I need my vices this time of year. Plus all that candy is going on clearance on Thursday.
Fasting during Lent has been as much a part of my Christian upbringing as the annual Easter egg hunt. It is no small thing for me to step away from this tradition.
But my Bible also says:
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Isaiah 59:6
So I think i’ll try that this Lenten season. Maybe we all should.