What bucket?

Lent is about giving things up.  But it feels like we’re getting mixed messages.  Because Lent is also full of all kinds of extra stuff to do. 

As a little kid, it really threw me off when I pulled a bucket of water out of the pond.  I did it.  I had a bucket of water to prove it.  But to look at the pond, it was like it never happened. 

It's the same way giving things up.  If I make the effort and actually do it, something else will rush in to fill the hole.  And I end up with a new thing I need to give up, like all my work never happened. 

And that's the wisdom of the extra stuff of Lent.  When I give stuff up, something will rush in to fill the hole.  But I can choose what that something is. 

More on this tomorrow.  Readings for Sunday