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Give It UP!

You’ve all heard an MC introduce someone and say “Let’s give it up for…,” asking for an enthusiastic round of applause.

This year, Lent starts Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and ends Thursday, March 29th before Easter. Typically, Lent is a solemn religious observance in the Western Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later. Lent is mostly practiced in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic churches, but some Presbyterians, UCC and other Protestant denominations follow certain observances leading up to Maundy Thursday.

Some prepare for a joyous Easter through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial. Some commit to fasting, or “giving up” certain luxuries to “replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey into the desert for 40 days.”

Alternatively, George Hovaness Donigian, author of A World Worth Saving: Lenten Spiritual Practices for Action suggests “giving it UP” in the sense of elevating our thoughts and engaging with our world enthusiastically with outward actions of mercy and compassion. He notes “ways to serve others, feed the hungry, seek justice and fight injustice, offer healing and extend friendship.”

Dottie Escobedo-Frank, who wrote Give It Up!, recommends a conscious release from social media, cell phones and the “noise of life” to focus on the external, which enables a person to be freed to “give it UP” in applause and praise for all of life.

Citizens for Public Justice in Canada invites us to Give It Up For The Earth! – “For 40 days, commit to make changes in your life to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, and let the federal government know that you want them to end all subsidies to the fossil fuel sector right away.”

So this year, instead of depriving ourselves of something we like or that makes us happy (like chocolate on Valentines Day), let’s give it UP… for all those who are taking actions in a world worth saving. We don’t need to call ourselves Christians or have any particular faith, for that matter, to do that.