March is named after Mars, the god of war (and chocolate bars). I’ve given up chocolate for Lent. Already, having declared that chocolate is a no-no, I’m thinking of ways around it. Sunday’s are exempt as they remind us of the resurrection of Jesus, and therefore the 40 days of Lent exclude Sundays. Can I gorge myself on chocolate every Sunday?
Is it a good thing to give up Chocolate? Who benefits? Perhaps instead of giving up, I should do something new? Perhaps the money I save not buying chocolate should go towards a charity.
It is amazing what you learn about yourself when you have to give something up. So, if you see me in the street on a weekday looking less happy than I normally am, please do not fear or worry that I am suffering stress or undue difficulties, it will be because of Lent.
Fun fact: The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9, which is 90 words. The longest verse in the New Testament is Revelation 20:4, with 67 words.
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