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The F.A.T. of our Faith

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“His Master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’”

–Matthew 25:21

Before the season of Lent begins, there is a day known as ‘Shrove Tuesday.’ Sometimes it is called ‘Fat Tuesday,’ which is the day before Ash Wednesday. ‘Shrove’ comes from the word ‘shrive,’ meaning ‘absolve.’ In ancient religious customs, Shrove Tuesday was the last day to eat rich, fatty foods before the fasting of Lent and the purging of fatty foods from the house during Lent.

Another place I heard about ‘fat’ this week was in watching the memorial service for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died recently at the age of 99. I remember growing up and gathering around the television to watch the Billy Graham Crusades broadcast from large athletic stadiums or from under huge tents.

At the memorial service, each of Billy Graham’s five children spoke. His youngest son, Ned, spoke only for a couple of minutes and said his father, Billy Graham was “F.A.T.” and that he was known for being F.A.T.! Ned Graham described the F.A.T. of his father as Faithful, Available, and Teachable.

It is something to think about in our own faith journey and during this Lenten season when we are asked to look within ourselves and reflect on our own lives of faith…Are we F.A.T.? I hope so!