Matthew 6:16

"When you fast, do not look gloomy..."

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Why This Blog is Called "Happy Lent"

The above word art can be found by clicking on this sentence.

This is the first post for Happy Lent.   I was thinking that perhaps the title of this blog seems perplexing to you.

I taught at a Catholic School for thirteen years.   I spent nine of those years teaching second graders.  That is a very sweet age.    At this age, children will draw a picture for you and / or make a card for you for any reason.  Sneeze.  Cough.  Pass gas.  It doesn't really matter.  They will also make cards for your loved ones.  When my mom was in the hospital when I taught, she got dozens of cards every day.   I waited until she was out of intensive care to bring them to the hospital though...

Anyway, I spent a bit of time teaching children each year about how much Jesus loves us, and the proof being His great sacrifice.   We talk some about that.   Then I talk to them about how they can "fast"  by sacrificing something to say "I love you" to Him.   We talk about the meaning of sacrifice, and what sort of things we can sacrifice (no ice cream is a sacrifice, no broccoli,  not so much.... ) 

Inevitably though, Ash Wednesday comes along, and at least half of the children present me with "Happy Lent" cards they made during lunch.   For a while, I felt like I must have missed the mark in these lessons, because the tots thought of it like any other holiday...

But praying about what to call my Lent blog, it seemed I kept coming back to a picture a sweet little girl drew of flowers and smiley faces surrounding the words "Happy Lent" in bubble letters (That would be the header of for this blog except that  I have NO clue how to do that!)  I realized that those kids were teaching me something:  don't forget the joy.   His great sacrifice is given out of His love, and our small one to show our love.   I need to focus on the joy that love brings me, even as I solemnly remember the great cost to Him.

I hope that if you found the title for this blog a bit inappropriate, this explanation changes your mind, or at least seems less so.


  1. I like this blog! And yay! First follower, first comment. I win!

  2. I can't believe I'm second! Does this mean I'm giving up being first for lent? And can I give up broccoli, too?

  3. Wendy, the first shall be last and the last shall be first....