‘Live simply that others might simply live.’ ~Elizabeth Seaton
Today is Shrove Tuesday or better known as Pancake Tuesday. It is the day before Ash Wednesday and traditionally it was a day of making and eating rich foods before the fasting season of Lent began. Sugar, fat and eggs which would be restricted during Lent were used in plenty on Shrove Tuesday. Part of the fun in making pancakes is trying to toss them. The world record is 416 times in 2 minutes by Ralf Laue from Leipzig. Who knows you might beat this record later!!
Spiritually Shrove Tuesday was also a day to seek forgiveness. The process of confession and absolution was called shriving hence Shrove Tuesday. Pancakes are simple and easy to make using flour, eggs, sugar and lemon juice. They are a reminder of the simple and important things that really matter in life. It’s not always about the big fancy recipe with endless ingredients. Sometimes the simple recipe works best of all. God will always be found in those simple down to earth moments that make up our daily routine. Lent can be a time to rediscover the blessings that these simple moments can bring to each of us.