What is Lent? Why do we celebrate it by giving things up?
Lent is a time of self-reflection and self-denial in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection during Holy Week.
Before Jesus began his earthly ministry, he spent 40 days in the wilderness (Luke 4: 1-13; read this with the youth if you like).
We don’t know much about that time, other than the fact that he fasted and prayed and was tempted by the devil.
So, in the same way, we ought to spend time fasting and praying in preparation for our ministry of bringing the good news of the risen Christ to the world.
Our celebration of Holy Week often coincides on the calendar with the Jewish celebration of Passover.
In preparation for Passover, our Jewish friends must do a thorough cleaning of their houses and kitchens and get rid of all their old food.
The Passover meal must be prepared with all new and fresh ingredients.
In the same way, we ought to use this time of Lent to do some “spring cleaning” ourselves.
Traditionally, Christians will fast from something (usually certain foods or drink or certain activities) during the 40 days of Lent (with the exception of Sundays, which is a weekly celebration of Christ’s resurrection). This is to remind us of the great sacrifice that Christ made for us.
Celebrating Lent is not just about giving things up; it can also be about adding good things to our lives, as well as about serving others.
Below is a great way for you as an individual or as a family to set aside time to grow closer to God and share God's love with others. Let's take steps this Lent to grow in our faith together!
If you participate in any Lent practices, share your experiences! We would love to hear how God is moving in you!
1. Participate in #PictureLent Above is a list of words and dates. Each morning, look up the word of the day. Write it down and take it through the day with you. Think and Pray about what God wants to show you about this word. If you come up with a picture, share it on Instagram or Snap Chat or Facebook! Use #picturelent and #yumclent
3. Participate in the Weekly Challenge found below.
You can also find paper versions at the church!