Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lent

Lent is the period of time between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. While I was not raised in the Lutheran or Catholic church, my husband and I have been participating in Lent with our children for several years now.


Why do we choose to celebrate Lent?

We enjoy taking this opportunity to focus for 40 days on the sacrifice Jesus made for each one of our lives. It's also a time for us to stay focused on God as a family.

This year, instead of only giving up something (individually) for Lent, we've decided to add something in as a family. We've agreed to all read the same scripture each evening, and then come together to discuss it! I'm so excited. Now that our kids are a little older (well, most of them!) we will be able to get into some great discussions.

I am curious, do you celebrate Lent? Why or why not? What are some good Lenten ideas you've had? Please leave a comment so we can all be blessed.

5 comments:

Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

Growing up in a Jewish family, then living as an evangelical Christian, Lent was always something others did. Until this year.

Our church had its first Ash Wednesday service. It was a unique experience allowing for very personal introspection in the midst of a community of believers. We felt alone, yet not alone.

That night, my husband and I each did commit to sacrifice something for the 40 days - he: cake & cookies; me: TV. Now I'm not a huge TV watcher, but I like to have noise in the background (my kids are in college now) as I go about my daily chores. I think that these are big challenges for both of us, and I'm excited to see how God will draw us to Him through this time.

Heart2Heart said...

Sonya,

Great post question. As a Catholic growing up we never celebrated lent and I can't for the life of me remember why not. Never thought to question my mom.

It's only been fairly recently in the last couple of years that this has been something that has interested me. We don't celebrate it but I do think there is some great symbolic ideas behind it all.

What a great way to show your love for God by giving up anything for Him for a time, must like fasting I guess.

I love that you have chosen to get together as a family and work on this together and I can only imagine just how much it will bless you all.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Sandy said...

Sonya,
So glad you are discussing this, now!
As a Baptist, I never have observed Lent before, but for some reason was drawn to do so, in a way, this year.
I posted about it last weekend.
I have commited to give up some a.m. sleep to go back to having my morning quiet time, and I am giving up caffeine and carbonation, started out with chocolate, too, but I have had some chocolate.
I want to continue my commitment to morning quiet time.

We had already begun nightly Bible discussions with our 16 year old son, and we are all 3 enjoying it very much!
I will be praying for you and your family!

Heckety said...

I didn't know that any Churches ( in the broadest sense) did NOT follow Lent- I sure live and learn. Its very important here in Ireland, Church and culture I suppose though the two are so intertwined its impossible to separate them. We have always followed Lent through Church and all the extra services, although we would not go to Church every day like some folks. Last year our Minor Canon ordered a batch of Christian Aid 'Count your blessings' leaflets and as a family and parish I think a lot of people saw more sense in their outlook than just giving up something. As children we always had a Mission Box for Lent when you denied yourself something and put the coins in the box for collection on Easter Sunday, but that doesn't seem so popular now.
You've got me thinking now- Lent is one of the important times in the year as a Church when we assess our closeness to God and whether we are following His plan, and DO something about it!!

sanjeet said...

What a great way to show your love for God by giving up anything for Him for a time, must like fasting I guess.

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