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Ten things to know about lent. What is lent?

Updated on March 4, 2014

A road less traveled.


Lent is an extrapolation for Christians and a great idea.

Give up something to show or feel your faith. Lent is about sacrifice. It is far older than the United States. Lent is a Catholic and not a catholic thing. Lent is not generally celebrated by Presbyterians or Baptists. Although they can.

Episcopals, Anglicans and Ordinary Catholics do Lent.

Jesus did not do lent. To our understanding St. Peter or Apostle Paul never did lent. We switch back and forth here between capital L and not. "Fat Tuesdays" are really just a way to get rid of fat before lent.

We suggest everyone do lent. Why not? Take six weeks to get rid of an addiction of sorts. Just quit doing something that will help you on a daily basis remember how darned good you have it. And maybe thank mom and dad for leaving you an inheritance, or maybe even Jesus for doing the same.

There was a man that gave himself up for lent. And he was rewarded.


Give up work for Lent.

There truly is a man who gave up working as a sacrifice for Lent. Good for him. Except he got drunk every day and missed his mortgage payment and lost his wife.

There truly was a woman who gave up caring for her children during Lent. They all ended up in foster care and she was arrested.

There was a man who gave up all prescribed medicines for lent. And he died.

Lent is not about silliness or foolishness. There is a man who has given up any possible intoxicants from sugar to nicotine to caffeine to alcohol for the month of February for his whole sixty year old life and he did it for lent but on a different calender and he does it for Jesus. He is rock solid in his faith and as healthy as a horse at two years.

There is a woman in Somalia who gives up eating for six weeks a year and gives her food to the children and she is 85 years old and she does it in May.

We shall understand the beauty of lent not by those who show but by those who believe that self sacrifice is an honor.

Cool picture. I think He looks Amerasian with some Black in there. Maybe Navajo.


Let us be serious.

Lent comes from the Holy Bible. But it is a really dogmatic interpretation and extrapolation. Do not get me wrong it is a great idea and a noble yet fun idea. But you have to work your cerebral butt off to get there from scripture. This is better if you just get the idea and practice it in a reasonable way. What can that hurt. But it will not put you closer to heaven or God. But it might make you more cleansed and closer to your spiritual path, so go for it.

This man I know will use it to give up smoking, another to give up pornography and another the booze. And I should say not to do it?

Our paths are so many. Our walks are never the same. But show us a man who is trying and to support him you will find me lay dying.

We do not need a preacher man, we need the man next to us to preach by action and lead us not to fraction but to the glue of self sacrifice.

How could this woman appear in "my" church without cover on head and shoulders? Well God bless that she did for me. I bow to the voice God put in her for me.

There is a producer, a director and actors, Thank goodness that I did not get either job.

Perhaps I am a strong part actor or performer. Probably not. But I have given up the idea that I am the producer and director of this great life. Who knows, perhaps it is you. I just know I was not appointed. Maybe a bit part in the unfolding mystery of life and your life. But not mine to say. I can only direct what happens by way of loving you to your soul.

My name is Eric Hugh Dierker. My phone number is 858-736-4432 and I live at 908 Parkbrook St. in Spring Valley Ca. I got nothing to hide. Call me and ask me. That is how we run this rig in this gig.

Get back to Lent. And that is a part of it.


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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry grand old lady this just now showed itself to me. Lent to me is a lot like focusing on hell. I seem to get real busy focusing on the good stuff going on. There is a cool spot in the Bible where Jesus and the apostles are partying down. And the big question is about being more focused on fasting and serious stuff. And the answer is that you do not sit around all morose when you are in the presence of the Bride Groom. I know I wander away way to often but I try to stay focused on the celebration. You spread joy. I think that must keep you busy!!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I grew up as a Catholic and we always had Lent. I hated Lent. The more I try to give something up, the more I want it. No flow. Now, as a Christian but not a Catholic Christian we talk about fasting. Again, I hate fasting. Sacrifice and I don't make great friends, but I do express my faith in other ways. I admire however the fact that you can do Lent.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You never disappoint my friend.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great thoughts here and always worth thinking about

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An interesting insight to the meaning of lent.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Smiling away my fair Lady Dora. My little one made me cut this short. And so I just said to myself write another boring one tomorrow using the references. But it really is a Catholic Church extrapolation. Not really Biblical in the normal essence. You hit it right on the head. Maybe I should do the 10 things first in a list fashion. Today I shall read some of yours and learn from your style.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I know nothing about Lent. I wish you could locate the Bible reference and number the ten things. Hope I'm not asking too much; I'm a devoted fan. Please smile.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I hope it serves a purpose of easing pressure while still inspiring us to accept our human condition and make effort to live just a little bit better. Thank you swiliams. (I assume the deserts of your land are just coming alive with a little water and March - I think of them often)

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Very informative great article and I love your song choice. Amazing Grace, That's something we all need but do not deserve. Thanks for the beautiful article! Great job Voted beautiful and useful!