Peeps are a candy made from marshmallow, corn syrup, gelatin, and carauba wax. They are formed into chicks, bunnies and other animals and used primarily to fill Easter baskets.
Sam Born, a Russian-born American businessman, candy maker and inventor created Peeps in 1953. Also noteworthy, he invented a machine that mechanically inserted a stick into lollipops in 1916.
The Saturday following Easter (when Peeps are greatly discounted) is an annual "Peep Off" held in Maryland, to see who can eat the most Peeps in 30 seconds. The current record is 102.
The Lenten season leading up to Easter begins next week on Ash Wednesday. Many people are considering what to give up or fast for Lent and not thinking about how many Peeps they can consume in 30 seconds. The traditional purpose of Lent is to prepare the heart of the believer through prayer, fasting, repentance, and giving to others.
Our church recognizes that Jesus work on the cross is done and there is nothing followers must to do to earn salvation except to receive His free gift. Yet, it is a good time for renewal of any lost passion in this relationship with Jesus Christ. It may be right to commit to prayer and fasting. Perhaps it would be equally right to consider what to add or include during this period rather than what to give up.
Adding twenty minutes each day of unrushed time spent reading the Bible, talking to the Lord, and meditating on His promises can fill one's life more satisfying than 102 Peeps.
Adding a weekly visit to a lonely friend or relative.
Adding a daily letter or email of encouragement to those who have touched your life in positive ways.
What is the Lord calling you add or include this coming Ash Wednesday?