A few weeks ago, while Localhood website team deliberated on our coming Easter article, another LocalHooder suggested we look into the sacrifice angle. We were told the week of Easter is a time to reflect on our own lives to act as Jesus did , i.e. sacrifice something for the sake of others.
l went googling and learnt that 40 days before Easter is the period of Lent. According to BBC, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. CRU.org mentioned the 3 main things Christians focus on during Lent are prayer, fasting (abstaining from something to reduce distractions and focus more on God), and giving or charity.
For the sake of writing this article, we agreed to think long and hard what would be something we could “sacrifice” starting Ash Wednesday, i.e. 17th February. It was a very challenging process just to decide what we are willing to sacrifice for 40 days. We then decided to think about it from another perspective, i.e. 40 days of self discipline. At the time of writing this article, I am only able to get commitment from two other fellow volunteers while the others are still undecided. So here are our “sacrifice” and our update 2 weeks after Ash Wednesday.
Winnie Tse, localhood volunteer