Can you get pączki where you live? These scrumptious Polish jelly donuts appear only once a year on “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras, and symbolize one last rich food fling before the 40 days of Lenten austerity.
Mardi Gras’ annual excesses of drinking and partying have cast something of a shadow on the fine old custom of “Shrove Tuesday.” Self-denial is good, but so is enjoying the gifts and treasures that God has built into our earth. Both feasting and fasting can honor the Lord Jesus.
Jesus once ruefully observed, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.’ For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton’”(Luke 7:31-34).
Whether or not you load up onpączkitoday, let your heart be glad for all the treats and joys that God has sent into your life. Enjoy most of all the sweet serenity of knowing that all your sins have been forgiven through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
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