A blogging, twittering sabbath

Lots of conversation around the tubes on giving up cell phones, ipods, blogging, and other forms of social media  for Lent.  I have decided to do what the Dervaes in Pasadena do — I am taking a blogging sabbath from sundown Friday until Saturday sundown.

I have several reasons for doing this, not the least of which is I need a break from screens.  We turned our TV off again before Lent, but we really didn’t intend to give up TV for Lent.  We are just giving up TV, period.  We had done this once before for over a year, but I needed CNN for the election.  After that it took us several months to dial down (no pun intended). But even with TV out of the way, I still need a break.

Starting this week, I’ll maintain radio silence (internet silence) from Friday sundown until Saturday sundown.  I will use my cell phone, if necessary, because that’s how my congregation knows to reach me when I’m out of the office or house.  But no blogging, twittering, facebooking, or any of that other stuff that seems to be ever with us.  We’ll see how all this works out, but as of today that’s the plan.

Is anyone else doing something similar, whether for Lent or just for sanity?  Leave a comment and tell me what you’re doing and why.  Thanks.

5 thoughts on “A blogging, twittering sabbath”

  1. I have noticed your often reference to Lent. As a former Catholic, I get the concept of Lent and sacrifice. Help me understand Lent from your perspective.

  2. Phil, for me lent is a time of reflection and preparation for Holy Week and its events. In the Baptist tradition we do not begin Lent with the imposition of the ashes as liturgical churches do. We do however hold special joint services with other community churches, and will worship together on Maundy Thurs, and Good Friday. So for me, Lent becomes a time of awareness and of reflection leading up to Easter. Hope that helps. -Chuck

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