"So what did you give up for Lent this year?"
Wait! I think I know.
The same thing we all gave up.
Life as usual.
Schools are closed.
Non-essential businesses are boarded up.
Locked beauty shops are revealing our untouched roots.
Salons for manis and pedis are nailed shut.
Shopping malls are shuttered.
Parks are cordoned off.
So are ICU rooms.
There's no public worship.
No Lenten soup suppers.
AA meetings are online.
Yoga classes as well.
Sheltering in place means we are shopping from home.
Many are working from home.
Kids are learning at home.
But there is one thing we aren't doing at home.
We aren't watching our home teams on TV at home (or any other place).
No sports are being played.
No cruises are sailing.
Vacations have been canceled.
Wedding receptions put on hold.
Reunions as well.
And new hips will just have to wait in line (behind new knees).
It's a Lenten season unlike any other we've ever known.
In retrospect, giving up chocolate or meat on Fridays
doesn't seem like that big of a sacrifice anymore.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.
A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.