What Harm Is There In Just One Oatmeal Raisin Cookie?

Readers of the Hubbell Pew are familiar with my annual struggle to give up oatmeal raisin cookies for Lent.

It is a goal that I seldom accomplish, and I am prone to think that God gets a good laugh watching me struggle.
If he were here he might say, “Webb, why are you abstaining from one of my great gifts? An oatmeal raisin cookie brings you such pleasure and little harm.”
I also think he gets large chuckle watching me try to accomplish certain Yoga poses, and no, I will not post a picture of me doing “downward dog.”
If he were here, and he once was, in no uncertain terms (Matthew 5:20 — 48) he told us we all pay to much attention to the letter of the law and not enough to the spirit.
During Lent whether one’s abstinence is cookies or something much more serious, and whatever we take up in the way of extra service, devotion, or study we must be careful to remember the Lent’s call to redemption and conversion begins and ends with the heart.
So what do y’all think? What harm is there in just one cookie?

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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