This is what we do for the joy of the King,
For His peaceable Kingdom,
For a world in despair.
And this is why we bring any hope we can give,
Any bread from the table,
Any touch of His hand.
This is what we do.
This is where we go.
This is why we sing.
This is how we live.
This is who we are.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

When "Super-Duper" and "Fat" Tuesdays Converge

I was driving to my daughter's house this morning and passed a Catholic church with a huge banner across the front of the building. The sign said, "Ash Wednesday Mass & Ashes." Then it struck me that with Easter being so early this year, Lent would be early as well. Which means Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) and Ash Wednesday are upon us.

The irony of Fat Tuesday and Super (Duper) Tuesday coinciding is fascinating to me. (The fact that both are occurring right in the wake of Super Bowl weekend further heightens the irony.) The wildest day in the church calendar year meets the wildest day in a presidential election year. Can't you just picture the presidential hopefuls decked out in gaudy gold, green, and purple costumes in the New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade? Really? Me either. (Although it might be nice to see Hillary in something besides a less-than-flattering pantsuit! )

The conclusion of the matter: No matter how some people try, ya just can't separate church and state!

Depending on how things turn out in the voting booths of 22 states, there may be lots of folks smearing ashes on their foreheads Wednesday morning--for reasons other than confession!

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