Lenten Discipline

It is hard to believe, but in little more than a week your mind will turn to pancakes (Shrove Tuesday). I don’t think I’ll ever forget my first Shrove Tuesday Supper at Trinity Episcopal. Mike S. enlisted me to join the kitchen crew where I remained until we moved to DC. I know now churches have Chili or spaghetti, but give me a stack of pancakes any time. All that said soon you will hear the words “what are you giving up for Lent.” The Hubbell Pew began as a reaction to that very question. Since it’s a week away and before the question is posed, I suggest you give some thought to your response, and consider its corollary “what are you giving for Lent?”

I leave to more eloquent souls to articulate the benefit of fasting and sacrifice. However let me suggest that giving up chocolate, wine, or cookies is in a way a giving to yourself. Just as work at the homeless shelter, or teaching an adult to read is a giving to others and yourself. I suggest that if you haven’t decided yet about Lent consider “giving something” for Lent the “up” can continue to dangle.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. 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.

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