Today marks the start of Lent. What is Lent? Here is an excellent post about Lent, with links to further reading. Briefly, from the post, “Lent is a period of dedicated prayer, repentance, giving and self-denial that lasts from Ash Wednesday until Maundy Thursday; the latter is the day before Good Friday, which commemorates the death of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
In our house, we’ll be using Ann Voskamp’s Trail to the Tree devotional for the first time. I’ll also attempt reading to the kids one section a day of “Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die” by John Piper. PJ and I also want to read through this together.
As far as “self-denial”, I’ll be taking a break from Facebook, logging on once per day to respond to actual communication (goodbye, news feed!). I’m also cutting out t.v. shows that I watch as time-wasters (so long, 27 seasons of House Hunters). I’ve recently been working on the discipline of fasting from food, so I’m planning to fast from dinner on Wednesday nights, taking the time to focus my thoughts on Christ.
Here are some additional links to ideas for observing Lent:
- A devotional we’ve used in the past
- Lenten readings from Desiring God
- Make a resurrection garden
- Make a model tomb
I’ve found observing Lent to be a very helpful way to prepare my heart for the blessed, miraculous events of Easter. Lent helps me to arrive at Easter morning a little less scattered and a little more focused on Christ. Whether you observe Lent or not, may you greet Easter as a celebration of the risen savior Jesus Christ!