Why We Give Things Up in Lent

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…

In Lent you can pick up a practice just as well as you give one up. The point is that we can learn something about ourselves that we didn’t know before, and that can help our relationship with the Living God.

This sermon was preached on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

*Why did Mother Sare say in the sermon, “Some of us are allowed to complain as much as we want!”? Because she had just mentioned that perhaps someone wants to give up complaining for Lent. However, if someone is struggling with chronic pain, or chemotherapy, or any horrific life circumstance which in former times would lead to sitting in sackcloth and ashes and entering a phase of mourning… please don’t imagine that God wants you to suffer in silence. When the pain inside won’t stop, complaining is an entirely reasonable endeavor and not something that should be given up for Lent.

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