Am I wrong here? Once again, this year on Ash Wednesday, the news media talked about the beginning of the Lenten Season stating it is a Catholic holiday.
That confuses me because me – the died-in-the-wool Lutheran – observed many, many Lenten seasons over the years. I didn’t do it on my own, but with the other Lutherans at my church.
While attending Faith Lutheran in Marysville, CA, we always had Ash Wednesday services which was followed with Lenten suppers when we gathered each Wednesday prior to Easter.
According to my research online, Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting, and repentance. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter. Ash Wednesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Old Catholics, Methodists, Nazarenes, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, and some Baptists.
The point of this is, Lent is for Christians. It is a time to reflect and prepare. Sometimes we give up something in the tradition. Believers in the Old and New Testaments fasted on different occasions as an expression of their sorrow over sin.
No matter if you are Catholic, Lutheran, or any other Christian denomination, this is a good time to reflect and take a look at your spiritual self.
We are starting to plan our journey back to North Dakota. Although we don’t head that way until June, we have a lot to do so we are planning early.
Along the way, we will visit son John in Richland, WA, and then on to the Spokane area to connect with old friends.
The beauty of a trip like this, we don’t have a time schedule and can play it by ear as we go along.
I have my next cataract surgery this week. The first one is healing nicely. In my case, it started to get back to normal about day 5. I am amazed at the clarity of my vision. I can’t wait to get the other one done now.
Tom joked that I snapped out it way quicker than I did after having a pneumonia vaccination. It’s been over a month and I still have a lump at the injection site. At first it hurt like crazy, turned red and spread before turning into a bruise. All I can say is I’d better not get pneumonia.
It’s just about 3 weeks now until the campground opens for the season. We will be cleaning out personal items from our site, and then try to sell our lease along with the 5th-wheel and the golf cart. The boat has already been sold.
It is going to a young couple that has helped Tom (and me) over the years. They wanted the boat because it was Tom’s. Honestly, it feels good that they will have it.
We had a lot of wonderful days out on Blue Lake in our beloved little retro pontoon boat. Life changes, chapters evolve into the next and we move forward.
Life is good today. ■
— Contact Kathy Craigo-Harteis at firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 406, Nice, CA 95454.