I have given up chocolate for Lent. One of the pastors at my church recently posted an interesting article – Does God Care If You Give Up Chocolate? Spoiler alert: the answer is maybe.
It’s interesting that I grew up going to Catholic church until I was about 15, but I never used to do anything differently for Lent & had never gone to mass on Ash Wednesday. Last night my husband and I went to our church’s Ash Wednesday service. It was just what we needed after a difficult past few days. Lent is the time for putting aside sins & failures of the past in the light of who we are yet to become by the grace of God. I’m not well equipped to adequately describe the importance of Lent in this short post.
So why did I give up chocolate? Because I like it. A lot. Because I turn to it for comfort when I’m feeling emotional. Because my husband buys me chocolates as small gestures of his affection. Because I eat something chocolate-y almost daily. Because I think about chocolate more than I think about Christ. Yes, I can confess that. Therefore, when I am tempted to reach for a piece of chocolate for whatever reason – boredom, comfort, sign of affection, hunger – I will (hopefully) think of Easter.
I didn’t say I gave up dessert, though.
So I made a pie. A 15 minute pie. I had some frozen pie crust and some frozen “summer fruits” which apparently are peaches, blackberries, and strawberries. It was mostly strawberries. I also had some fresh strawberries I added. Let’s call it strawberry pie with added flavors.
I took out the blackberries from the frozen mix & cooked them on their own for a bit. When they were soft, I pureed them in the food processor and strained them. Why? Because my husband doesn’t like the seeds & I love him. It was a labor of love. You see, I love blackberries the way they are. He likes the flavor but does not enjoy their texture. I could have put them in the pie the way they came, not considering his preference. I could have omitted the blackberries all together & saved the trouble. It’s about the little things we do for each other, though.
Once that was complete, I cooked the rest of the fruits with some sugar and a little flour to thicken it. The frozen crust was baking all along, and then I just combined the two.
This 15 minute pie turned out to be delicious.
I didn’t think this post about pie & Lent would get so deep. But this is one of the things I love about God. He does pay attention to the details. I believe he does care about things like chocolate & baking pies. He does care how we live our lives day to day. We can, and should, turn to him for the big things and the little things.