A true story told to my by Anneka’s grandmother.
Little Anneka (aged 3 at the time this story was told to me) asked her Mum, Angela, why they had pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and what Lent is. Mum, although not religious herself, explained about using up food ingredients to make pancakes and about Jesus fasting in the desert for 40 days.
After this was explained to Anneka, she exclaimed that Jesus could have half her pancake and that she would make him sandwiches too, so he wouldn’t be hungry.
Lent is not just about giving up something but about giving something. It took the kindness of a child to remind me of this simple truth.
I hope it reminds you too..