On Lent

For a lot of my life I didn't understand Lent. What I did understand I saw as legalism and missing the point of grace, and dead ritualism in the church.

That all started to change when we started to keep feast days from the Old Testament. I'll admit, some of it came from an idea that "we would get it right where so many have failed". I wanted to be different and worship God in a unique way, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Well, it turns out that those feast days, their ritual and observance are AMAZING ways to teach children. When I first went out into out back yard to start building a Sukah the Boy was 3 and he followed me around asking, "What are we doing mommy? Why are we doing this?"

And it was then that the words of Exodus came to mind, "And when your children ask why you are doing this, tell them it is because of what the Lord your God has done for you." That is not a direct quote, just my paraphrase.

So I spent an hour on a blustery day telling my 3 year old son the story of Exodus, of God's deliverance of a people from Egypt while we tied up sheets to make a booth. Then we spent days in the Sukah as I read to him and he colored.

Slowly, as we began to keep more and more feasts a light bulb went on. God said to keep these as a way to be sure to instruct everyone and to call to mind, year after year, week after week, who He is, and what He has done. These rituals were amazing teaching tools.

Then I started to consider the church calendar and the days observed and I began to see how clever it was. I mean, when you consider that they started this with an almost completely illiterate populations and considered how to teach the story of God, year after year, the idea of the liturgical calendar is just, brilliant.

Also, as I looked deeper I began to see how Lent, in particular, recreated a redeemed reflection of the harvest feasts of Israel.

It's really quite incredible and smart, and I don't think it's by accident that these are here.

So, as I was forcing my children to sit still long enough to listen to 3 whole chapters of Hebrews this morning. Not even kidding, but they were more engaged at the end than at the beginning, I realized that I could probably pull off 40 Lenten meditation for children, and adults, for my kids, and yours. I'll have time, my husband is going to be in Thailand for quite a while starting tomorrow, I'll have no one to talk to in the evening. Only sort of kidding. (For those of you worried about our safety telling the whole internet that he's gone, there's a big strong neighbor who lives within, literally, shouting distance, and lots of brother's in law with muscle nearby.)

So I am going to do that. I will be posting each days meditation here under the category Lent. I will eventually make a separate page for what I can see will possibly turn into a year round series of daily meditations.

I'm excited. Stay posted for the first one this afternoon.

Day 1 - Promise

ps. I know a lot of you are in earlier time zones, so I will do what I can to get a day ahead of myself and post these in the morning. See how optimistic I am that other people will actually use these if I go to all the effort? I hope you will be blessed.

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  1. I am so excited for this. I have been looking for something to do with my 3 year old during Lent. I was having trouble finding readings for children that weren't just the Easter story. So excited to get started. Thanks for sharing!

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