I’ve been really excited about Lent this year, because we’re actually participating in the Fast this time.
William has a lot of food sensitivities (gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, fish, nuts, yeast, red meat…oh MY gosh, I could go on all day) that cause vomiting and other extreme digestive issues. So in the past, we’ve sort of operated under the assumption that we were quite challenged enough in the dietary arena, thank you.
But, while I pinky-promise not to judge if that’s where you are–we found, over time, that this philosophy stopped being beneficial for us.
For me, not fasting led to a lack of moderation completely. And lack of moderation led to indulgence in food, which, from a fasting perspective, led to indulgence of anger, impatience with kids, etc., and oh, forget it! What fast?
Well, I’m not sure how it came about, but Will and I decided it was going to be a lentils, rice, and hummus sort of Lent. And I found myself excited. A wonderful spiritual journey awaits–one I haven’t had the privilege to experience since somewhere around 2009.
A season in which we tell our bodies that they don’t make the rules.
A season that slows down our ever-churning lives and nudges us to live peacefully, quietly, prayerfully.
A season in which we use food as a tool to teach our kids self-control.
And yeah. A season without chicken or (allergen-free) chocolate.
So today, I made an Israeli lentils and rice pilaf called Mujjadara (recipe’s here…I substitute out the broth for water, which, strangely, I think is better anyway, and I also double it). I figured since William likes plain rice, he’d like this, too.
“No! No, please! Nooooo!” he wailed, while I tried to persuade him to try just a bite.
Ultimately, he begrudgingly picked up a grain of rice in his pincer fingers, and swallowed it as fast as he could. “See? That’s good, right?” I prompted.
“No! Want white rice, please!”
So that’s how that went.
I’m not sure how this Lent will unfold. We might end up right back in our old “allergen-free-is-plenty-fasting” pattern, which would be fine if that’s what will be best for our souls.
All I know right now is that I sure am glad William tried Mujjadara.