It’s funny how you don’t notice the prevalence of certain edibles until you give them up for a definite period of time. Take my current abstinence from desserts, candy, and pearl teas for Lent. I was in the Coffee and Snack Shop in Emeryville today, and I saw all three. Yep, I was downright tempted.
However, on reflection, I have to step back and consider how my situation is so paltry–I’m volunteering to avoid certain foods and offering that up to God. What about those who fast from sunup to sundown for their faith, or those who go on hunger strikes for their causes? What about those whose spartan diets would put all of us to shame? Or better yet, what about those who, due to medical concerns, cannot even partake of those things which I’m giving up? What about those who are diabetic, who have cancer, or who have to be fed intravenously? I am truly fortunate to have a choice.