Jesus loves pancakes
I don’t really need an excuse to eat pancakes. My Dutch heritage means that there’s always room for pannenkoeken in my life! But why do we eat pancakes on this Tuesday of all days?
Shrove Tuesday is a day of feasting, eating up all of the fatty and rich foods in our cupboards. We meet with friends, spread the Nutella and chatter and laugh. And that is good! We should be thankful and embrace the friendships and good gifts that God has given us. But Shrove Tuesday makes no sense without Ash Wednesday where some of us go to church and the vicar uses ashes to sign a cross on our forehead. They often say,
‘Dear friends in Christ, I invite you to receive these ashes as a sign of the spirit of penitence with which we shall keep this season of Lent.’
Woah, heavy stuff! We go from pancake joy to the solemnity of ashes. As we enter the time of Lent, we fast and pray, considering what is coming next- The Cross. I find it so helpful to use this time every year to empty out the cupboards of my soul. What gets in the way of my relationship with God? Often it’s not chocolate! What fills up my time and prevents me from sitting and spending some quality time with my Father? Facebook, Breaking Bad or even that book I want to finish? It’s not that any of these things are wrong, it’s just that we need to make sure that we are in control of them and not the other way round.
Here at The Bridge, we are going to look at a short piece of scripture for each day of Lent, all 40 days of it. As the passage goes up on Twitter, and the feed on our website, take the time wherever you are to pause, push aside the clutter that gets in the way of you and God, and seek His face.
‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’
I pray that as we clear out the cupboards of our souls we would all learn something more of the depth of our Father’s love for us this Lent.