Why is it called Shrove Tuesday? The word shrove is an old English word meaning to shrive, which means to obtain forgiveness for one's by way of and doing . During the Middle Ages, this would be the day when Christians were expected to go to Church and ask God for forgiveness.
But something else happens on Shrove Tuesday. Pancakes galore. Why pancakes? This takes us back to the people leaving Egypt. God tells Moses that the people must use up all rising agents (yeast, baking soda, baking powder). All rising agents must be used up before the Exodus. This became known as the Feast of the Unleavened Bread.
Exodus 12:14 - 20
14 This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread; on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses, for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day you shall hold a solemn assembly, and on the seventh day a solemn assembly; no work shall be done on those days; only what everyone must eat, that alone may be prepared by you. 17 You shall observe the festival of unleavened bread, for on this very day I brought your companies out of the land of Egypt: you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a perpetual ordinance. 18 In the first month, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day, you shall eat unleavened bread. 19 For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether an alien or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your settlements you shall eat unleavened bread.
(New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.)
How will eating pancakes become a reminder for you of Moses and the people leaving Egypt in the Exodus?
Prayer: Thank You God that You walk with us on unexpected journeys. Amen.