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Happy Pie (Pi) Day




I have been informed by my children that today is "pi" day, being 3.14 and all. This mathematical holiday is of course celebrated with pie. As a cake person, I questioned the necessity of pie. The explanation I received included, "Mom, circles!" What about cookies? "Cookies lack the size and magnitude and, well, homophone of pi." Ah, grammar, now we're speaking the same language. Today, there will be key lime and chocolate cream at some point during the day.


Sometimes a Lenten fast turned into something deeper than I originally intended. I started out my Lent with an idea of getting healthy and reducing my junk food. I could do it for Jesus. As Lent went on, I began to realize it was not the junk food that was my problem but the idea of "social" eating.


If I didn't take enough, I would still be hungry and too embarrassed to go through the buffet line again. If I took too much, I had to push it down to set a good example for my children. If I was pleasantly full, but the conversation was still going on, I had to take a little more to be polite. If I ate something different than what everyone else was eating, they might think I did not appreciate the work they put into preparing the meal... and so on.


I just need to fast from being afraid of what others will think of me.


When he was sitting at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners were seated with Jesus and His disciples. On seeing this, the Pharisees said to His disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" When Jesus heard this, he said, "It is not the healthy who need a physician, but rather those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' I have come to call not the righteous but sinners." Matt 9: 10-13


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