A Cowboy’s Faith: Tis season of renewal

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Get up, give up, do something and be thankful for all there is.”

What a confusing seemingly contradicting statement. Yet it’s the simple accurate description for this season among those of strong faith.

Lent started Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, and concludes Easter Sunday, April 12. Gospels prescribe Lent to be time for fasting, almsgiving and prayer.

“Get up” into action reflecting days the savior Jesus spent facing difficultly. Ash Wednesday begins “40 days” expression admitting need for repentance thus sorrow for wrong doings.

Marking the beginning of Holy Week, Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus entrance into Jerusalem with palm branches placed in his path.

He is arrested on Holy Thursday, crucified on Good Friday, and His body placed in the tomb on Holy Saturday. Jesus is gloriously resurrected, raised from the dead, on Easter Sunday.

“Give up” generally refers to fasting, meaning eating less. That might be missing one meal, or smaller amounts consumed breakfast, dinner and supper.

Interesting nutritional studies indicate longer periods between meals prove quite beneficial. Most in modern times can merit from taking in fewer calories.

It’s time to make additional sacrifices, perhaps spending less on frivolities. Staying home rather than carousing however insignificant that might be.

“Do something” means extra activity not for personal satisfaction but to benefit others.

Call an acquaintance who hasn’t been heard from in a long time. Visit a shut-in who is lonely, where just a short personal time together can brighten their life immensely. Send a card with just a few words of reflection expressing awareness of friendship.

A token gift to a loved one, family or friend simply lightens another’s life. Maybe a box of goodies, a warm supper or that just right knickknack become so significant.

“Be thankful for all there is” because despite all the negatives first coming to mind, they are actually quite insignificant.

So very small compared to others who are starving and no way to have nutrition. Many worry about the latest fashions insignificant to those without clothing or protection from Mother Nature’s elements.

Homes don’t need to be mansions, but a roof over the head is often unappreciated luxury still many don’t have.

Personal mental and physical health is most important of all.

Reminded of Job 36:12: “They must repent, obey, serve and have a good long life.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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