Chocolate and Lent

If I get grouchy, forgive me, I've given up chocolate for Lent! This is a first for me, I've never given anything up for Lent before. Growing up a pentecostal, Lent was something only catholics did (or that's what I thought). A few years ago we started going to an Evangelical Covenant church, who observes Ash Wednesday (again - I thought only catholics did that) and I participated for the first time. I found I liked the short yet solemn service - but frankly it didn't stay with me until Easter. So this year I decided to give up something for Lent. It was a bit challenging to find something that was both truly sacrificial and yet not over the top that I knew I wouldn't keep (some of my friends are giving up all sweets, coffee, or favorite radio dj's. My husband suggested I give up Facebook . . .). So chocolate it is. My thinking is that I LOVE chocolate - so by giving it up it will be a constant reminder of this season leading up to Easter.

I will be curious to see if Easter becomes more meaningful for me this year. I'll let you know.

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