Growing up in a Southern Baptist Church, Lent was a foreign concept to me. On Monday my daughters came to me asking about Mardi Gras and Lent. I answered as fully as I could, but I really did not know. Tuesday I received a message from church describing Lent and how it is a 40 day preparation for Easter. Two references so close together made me think I should probably check this out a little more. I did a little more reading and decided to see if Chris was interested in us observing Lent this year. He was all for it. So for the first time this Southern Baptist raised girl is observing Lent, not necessarily in the traditional sense but our way. We are going to do the BCC Bible reading plan as a family and Chris and I are trying to refrain from using swear words.
Why are we doing this? I have always felt our celebration of Easter was lacking. It seems it has turned into a "candy" holiday. We've let this happen. I do not like it, and this is my way of changing it back to the religious observance it should be.