“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:6-18
Today is “Shrove Tuesday“ which means that Lent begins tomorrow. Shrove Tuesday is also known as Mardi Gras, which literally means “Fat Tuesday.” The idea is that today, we can feast and use up all the tempting treats that are around so we will be prepared for the Lenten Fast, which begins on Ash Wednesday. A lot of people choose to “fast” or give something up for Lent, while others choose to add components of giving and service. Fasting is not required in the Reformed Tradition, but many people find it helpful Whatever you choose to do, try to look at the coming period as a time of drawing closer to God, and look for a discipline or activity that will enrich your walk with God. Adding daily Bible readings, setting aside special time for prayer, looking for opportunities for service and giving – all these helpful ways to observe the season of Lent.