Mmnn…tomorrow is Pancake Day, when many of us will over indulge in that heady mix of flower and water drizzled with lemon, sugar or maybe maple syrup or chocolate, but what about the next day- Ash Wednesday or the first day of the season of Lent. To many Lent seems to have lost its real meaning of a 40 day long prayerful preparation for Easter through, study, prayer and self-sacrifice. It has become a date which provides a little extra incentive to give up something like chocolate, sweets, cakes or pastries; not in order to discover some spiritual truth but to lose a few inches off the waist- a slimmers holy day!
For the past few years the Church of England has tried to promote Lent as a season of celebration and action with their Love Life Live Lent campaign. It is a new way of marking Lent. Instead of giving up chocolate or going on a detox, it encourages people to undertake a simple act of generosity each day. The actions are small and fun to do, but make a real difference in homes, families and communities.
It began in Birmingham in 2006 and since then over 250,000 people nationwide have participated- why not give it a try yourself? More information from http://www.livelent.net/index.html