Jason C. Stanley

ponderings of a dad walking humbly & seeking justice

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Time-Out

Read Genesis 9:8-17.

washing_3262c-2“When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:16)

The rains came. The waters rose. The ark floated. The sun appeared. The dove flew. The ark landed. Noah worshiped. The rainbow appeared.

The story of Noah’s Ark is well known and well filmed. From Russell Crowe to VeggieTales, we have seen Noah depicted in a wide range of ways.

I imagine the flood as a massive time-out for humanity. God the Parent had had enough, and it was time for humanity to have a time-out. As an educator, whenever time-out is used, the general rule of thumb has always been one minute for each year of life. So a three-year-old, for example, would sit in time-out for three minutes.

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What is Shrove Tuesday?

pancakesShrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent). Shrove Tuesday is widely associated with feasting and celebrations, like Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. The idea behind it is that we celebrate and get “fat” before we enter into the penitential season of fasting.

Pancakes have always been associated with Shrove Tuesday. This is because it was a quick and easy way to use up foods like eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of Lent started. To fast was to eat plainer food and refrain from foods of pleasure, such as meat, dairy, or eggs.

So, if you are reading this, find a local church and go eat some pancakes!

So, how’s Lent going for you?

So many people during the Christian season of Lent give up something.  It’s what we’re suppose to do, right?  In preparation for celebrating Easter, we give up Starbucks or chocolate, or fast-food, and the list goes on.  And so we ask each other, “What have you given up?”  Almost like its the newest fad – its “in” to not eat chocolate for 40 days.  Or it’s “in” to not drink caffeine for 40 days and be a beast of a person because you didn’t get your morning caffeine and count down to Easter when you can have caffeine again.

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