Wednesday of the Second Week in Lent

The Six Year old philospher’s spring break delayed today’s offering, and while it was being written the following came in like “manna from heaven.”

“Hey—I thought I would share something with yall since you are our spiritual guidance right now—-I was thinking about it this morning as I got ready for work–not sure why. It was prompted by a party I went to (and hosted) on Saturday night. It was at a friend of mine’s house. The couple is my age with similar jobs/backgrounds—-but their house is amazing. Huge and beautiful with an amazing courtyard—two blocks from the park. I found myself envious all night. Envious of the house and assuming that their lives must be better because their house is better–nicer–bigger. What had I done wrong that I didn’t have all that they had?

And then for some reason that same night (perhaps in my sober clarity) I realized how unfair I was being to myself, and my husband and God. I was assuming that what I have (or have been given) isn’t good enough.

So, then I thought about Lent–and the meditations, and what yall might say. I decided that since my true tangible vices (starbucks and wine) were given up about 5 months ago—maybe I would try to give up something a little deeper this year. Envy. It is a sin, right? I was thinking that every year I manage to give up something tangible—-and reward myself with a lot of that something when Lent is over—but maybe this year, I won’t want the envy back after 40 days. Maybe instead I will have a much stronger appreciation for what I have.

We’ll see. It is hard—very—and takes a lot of thought each day. Makes me realize just how deeply it penetrates my daily life. So it is a good, spiritual challenge for me—-just wanted to share with yall.”

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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