Wednesday, March 01, 2006

happy ash wednesday

i'm not posting anything of substance tonight. i have a few thoughts regarding ash wednesday, but i don't feel like writing anything insightful at the moment. blogging is like life; sometimes you just feel like being empty, doing nothing, vegging, or, in my case, reading someone else's writing for a change (instead of my own, over and over again, which is what i tend to do when i write). so here's a first and final word about ash wednesday: churches should not serve modern-day ding dongs during lent or holy week. however, if pressed to include hostess snacks in a service, the older (and better) model of the ding dong is the most appropriate choice. indeed, the cream-filled treats of my past had a physical appearance that was more suited to christian symbolism. rather than an entirely smooth chocolately exterior, the older ding dongs had peculiar circular dents in the top surface of the ding dong; to some it may seem sacrilegious or even morbid, but these indentations could serve as a reminder of the nail-pierced skin of our resurrected Christ. in fact, if one is in the transignification camp concerning the eucharist (vs the transubstantiation or consubstantiation camp), the older version of the ding dong could actually serve as a more meaningful communion item than the more traditional bread or wafer. and on ash wednesday, i bet a cross of chocolate would be far easier to see than this cross of ash that seems to disappear invisibly into my forehead...

(oh, and trust me about the two stages of ding dongdom, i know my ding dongs a lot better than my frozen pizzas.)



andrew david. 'looking up' puerto vallarta, day 1.
if i were to consider printing this picture, i would crop out a bit more of the sky and play with the colours some more. as is, i think it's boring.

3 comments:

Very Berry Daiquiri said...

Thanks for the comment!
You should read my comments about carving a watermelon. ...I'll try to find it for you when I have time...

Very Berry Daiquiri said...

Found it:

So I was looking at the pretty pattern of the watermelon's two shades of green, and the strangest thought popped into my head. Wouldn't it be funny if I carved a watermelon like a jack-o-lantern? I think it would be pretty darn hilarious. I wonder how long it would last before it shrivelled up or broke. ....I might try it.... *smiles at the thought* Maybe I'll do a watermelon jack-o-lantern every year in June if it turns out okay.
I could make it like, a spiritual thing. Take something pagan and use it for God's glory. The green could represent spiritual growth...the two shades of green can remind people of the fact that we all grow at different rates. The carving could represent that God is constantly molding us into what He wants us to be for His glory. The seeds can represent the blackness of our sin...and the red melon part could represent the blood of Christ, who takes away the sin of the world. Once we carve out all the red part and the seeds, all there is left is white. The blood of Christ makes us white as snow. Then we'll put a candle in it, which, of course represents the Spirit living inside of us. Then maybe we'll put it out so that the world can see. "This little light of mine...I'm gonna let it shine."

andrew said...

hey, that is pretty similar! certainly a lot more involved. perhaps i'll visit a watermelon patch next halloween. i'm glad that there are other strange people out there! actually, on this night i didn't even plan to make a ding dong/spirituality connection. i just wanted to write about the older version of ding dongs.