Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lost Treats & Lent...

Yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I should have addressed a special day.  But, I didn't.  Unfortunately, the idea of the special day totally slipped my mind. 

I was never reminded about it on television (TV).  Nor, did any of my Facebook (FB) friends post about it.  At least not until the evening, when I noticed a friend posted about it being Pancake Day!

Yes, it was Pancake Day!  Better known to most of the world as, Shrove Tuesday!  Here's a link for you to read about it:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrove_Tuesday.

Shrove Tuesday, is also known in some places as Fat Tuesday. Like in New Orleans, USA, where they celebrate Mardi Gras.  Here's a link for you:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mardi_Gras.

Here in Windsor, I rarely hear anyone call the day Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday.  Probably due to having several Polish bakeries in the city, most people here call it, Paczki Day (sounds like... punch-key day).  Here's a link for you to read about it:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C4%85czki.

Well, maybe it's not due to having several Polish bakeries, or having many Polish people living here.  It may be due to the sweet treats that are baked and sold on that special day. 

Paczkis are larger than normal doughnuts.  They are sweet, filled with various delicious fruit fillings!  And, sweetened even more, on the exterior with a sugar-type syrup or sometimes, a sugar coating.  Here's a photo!


Boy, I feel badly that I wasn't able to drive.  If I had been able to, I would have gone to either a bakery, or a grocery store (yes, they bake them here, too!) to purchase one (1).  Okay.  Okay.  I should have said... some.

It's probably a good thing I wasn't able to go and treat myself to something like a Paczki that would make my sugar level skyrocket!

In addition, I never even had pancakes!  This was probably a good thing, too.

In any case, today is Ash Wednesday.  You may want to read about Ash Wednesday, by clicking on this link:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_Wednesday.

You probably know that Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent!  To read about Lent, please check this link out:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lent.

Lent begins 40 days before Easter Sunday.  It's a time when those who celebrate Lent, repent if they desire.  In addition, they fast. 

Meaning that they avoid eating something special to them, until Easter.  Like giving up sweet sugar treats, or meals containing a large amount of fat.

Whenever a person fasts, God's Word tells us that it should not be obvious to others.

Just as we are told in Matthew 6:16-18, "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly."

No matter what we do, some people think they can hide it from God.  That's not the truth, though.

He knows absolutely everything about us.  And, what we think and do.  Just as we read in the Bible verses, quoted today.

I praise God for this, because He knows the condition of our hearts.  And, that is what is more important to Him, than anything else.

For this, I am truly thankful.  After all, no one is perfect.  Certainly not me!

But, God knows the condition of my heart, and knows what my heart's desires are. 

For this, I am thankful.  Hallelujah!


Until next time...

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