Some people who read Life with Lynnie (LwL) consider me to be a religious person.
Those who know me well, know that I am not religious. I am not geared spiritually towards any type of religion. I do not place my prayer focus on any religion or denomination. What I have is a relationship with my Lord, Jesus Christ.
I am saved. A born-again Christian. A follower of Christ. Saved by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ. And, looking forward to spending eternity in heaven, as per God's promise to those who are saved.
Even though I do not practice many organized religious activities, I am aware that some people do.
In the past, before I understood my relationship with my Lord, I did sort of follow religious activities. After all, many of the various churches where I had worshipped over the years of my earlier life, had a focus on such things.
Years ago, I can recall attending Ash Wednesday services. Here's a link for more information regarding Ash Wednesday: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_Wednesday This year, Ash Wednesday, is tomorrow.
The day before Ash Wednesday, is known as Shrove Tuesday. Yes, that is... today! Here's a link for more information regarding Shrove Tuesday: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrove_Tuesday
Many people who celebrate Lent in a religious way, choose to cut out certain foods, or fast in various ways throughout Lent. Sometimes, as penance, after confessing today, for sins.
While I do not religiously celebrate Lent in a formal way, such as I used to, I still recognize that Lent leads up to a time that is very special to Christians. Easter.
Until I moved to Windsor, I always called today, Shrove Tuesday. Way back then, some people called today, Pancake Day.
Upon arriving here to live, I was shocked to see that even religious people didn't refer to it by it's proper name. Instead, they called it Fat Tuesday. Sort of like they do in New Orleans, since it refers to Mardi Gras.
For the past many years now, I rarely even hear today called Fat Tuesday. Instead, most people here refer to today as Paczki Day. That's pronounced... punch-key day.
Here's a link to a Windsor Star article that appeared in today's paper, Windsor: Ground Zero for Paczki Day: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/02/11/windsor-ground-zero-for-paczki-day/
In this article, you will read how people in our city love this day. A day when it is generally believed that it is okay to eat all the fat you want, since it only happens once annually. :) lol
Even though I have participated in eating the delicious treats from time to time, I realize that the importance of this day, has no value. Healthwise, or of a religious nature. It's truly meant to be a fun day, today.
Some people don't agree. That's okay. To each their own!
It brings to mind though, Colossians 2:8, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
After all, most religious activities are of tradition, based upon the traditions of the denomination in question. And, on days like this one, most people indulge out of self-desire.
Well, I'm not sure if I'll be able to indulge today, or not. If I do, I know I'll enjoy each and every delicious bite. If I am not able to get out and purchase a paczki, I'll just be thankful for the lack of calories!
One thing I know for sure, anyone who enjoys today to the fullest, will probably eat a paczki. Enjoy!
Until next time...
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