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I Asked

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In the elementary lunch line I overheard friends who said:

No meat, please. No, I cannot have the chili.

No, no, sweets, please. My family said decline the cinnamon roll.

The cheese? Oh, how I want it, but I cannot touch it, nor eat it. Keep it!

I asked:

Why all these changes in your diets today?

Together they said:

It’s what we’re supposed to do. It’s a denial that our parents expect. It’s the way it’s always been.

Hey, are you really gonna eat that burger?

 

 

In the high school hallway I overheard friends who said:

It doesn’t matter what I did Friday night.

Right, right, right. The curfew I broke, the cig I smoked, it’ll be nothing.

The many beers I swigged? Oh, the fun as I danced with him.

I asked:

Why all this lack of concern for your weekend partying?

Together they said:

It’s what we can do. It’s what our parents expect. It’s the way it’s always been.

Hey, are you coming to the boondocks Friday night?

 

 

In the gymnasium I overheard friends who said:

Yep, my slate was wiped clean by the priest.

Indeed, my carousing was wiped clean by the priest.

Yes, Yes, Yes, last week’s disobedience was wiped clean by the priest.

I asked:

Why all this man-given cleanliness for your sins?

Together they said:

It’s what we can do. It’s what our parents expect. It’s the way it’s always been.

Hey, are you interested in learning our religious rules?

 

 
In a small café I overheard collegiate strangers who said:

I was quite a sinner, but He’s set me free!

I know, I know, He forgave even a sorry wretch like me!

Indeed! Indeed! His mercy and love has overwhelmed me!

I asked:

Why all this complimentary chatter about someone named He?

Together they said:

It’s what we can do, when we’re set free in Christ. It’s what our Father God expects when we believe on Him. It’s the way you live your life when you join the good Lord’s family.

Hey, do you wanna sit with us, talk some more, break some bread?

 

He led.

I asked.

And I became a daughter of the King of kings.

 

 

This morning as I thought of Lent, these school-time scenes came to mind. For me, if someone asks what I’m giving up this Lent season, I’ll might just pass you a hunk of bread as I say, “Nothing. In fact, I’m holding on – tighter than ever.”

May God bless you as you follow His leading.

 

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* Sourced online from about.com

LENT is a 40-day period of preparation for Easter Sunday and one of the major liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church. A penitential season marked by prayer, fasting and abstinence, and almsgiving, Lent begins on either Ash Wednesday (for Latin Rite Catholics and those Protestants who observe Lent) or Clean Monday(for Eastern Rite Catholics and Eastern Orthodox) and ends on either Holy Thursday or Holy Saturday.

 

* Sourced from the Holy Bible (NKJV)

Regarding SIN: “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.” (Romans 8:3)

Regarding SALVATION: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

 

 

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5 thoughts on “I Asked”

  1. Oh, yes — hold on tighter. Draw near to God and he WILL draw near to us! And with him comes sweet peace, effervescent joy, and hope for a glorious future — just for starters! Thank you, Darlene, for prompting grateful, worshipful thoughts. Nancy (another Glory Writer)

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