In the February issue of Christianity Today I read Frederica Mathewes-Green's thoughts on Lent. She says, "Lenten disciplines train us like athletes, strengthening our earthly bodies and souls, healing the body of believers in our local parish and forging union with the body of Christ throughout time." She also said a few words about abstaining from certain foods. Tonight we went to a Thai restaurant and I had a nice square plate full of chicken, rice, onions, peppers, and celery. The vegetables tasted so good to me. I'm not usually as crazy about vegetables as I am about chocolate bunnies. Gulp. Good fresh fruits and vegetables do possess earthly tastes that are beyond description. I think it might be true that we are what we eat. I spent six hours in the almost empty school today getting ready for six days of substitutes and when I got home Jeff had eaten my Dove bunny. My bunnies eaten count may not grow much. Just saying. Why do we indulge in processed food when we can taste the earth?
The basket above was a gift from some friends who lived in Malawi for a short time. Bill met up with them in Ethiopia and they gave him this treasure to bring home to me. He said they carried this type of basket around like a purse. They might put some lunch inside, a pocket book, a cell phone. I love to cradle it in my arm. I have used it to take my lunch to school once or twice but it seems too dear for that. Maybe if I took it more often, filled with earth foods, I'd eat in a cleaner manner. Hmmmmmmm.
I leave you with a bird. Last spring, I took this picture with my tiny camera and I do not know what made it look like a silhouette with a spotty rainbow background but today, it can be a symbol of expectancy. There are just three short weeks until the happy Sunday. What are your plans for April 4th?