What are you giving up for Lent?

Feb 5th, 2016 | By | Category: Spirituality

“It’s Ash Wednesday next week, what do you give up?” I asked a friend.

“Sarsaparilla,” he answered, without a moment’s hesitation. “I never touch Sarsaparilla during Lent.”

Not being sure what Sarsaparilla was, I made a lucky guess. “Is that like me giving up Irn Bru or Dandelion & Burdock?”

“Exactly,” he said, “stay away from the things that you don’t drink.”

We laughed.

Lent is often like that, people give up alcohol or chocolate or Facebook. Sometimes, I suspect the abstinence demands no more sacrifice than the soft drinks not drunk by …