This coming Wednesday, Feb. 13, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the start of the season of Lent, a time of reflection and penance in
This coming Wednesday, Feb. 13, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the start of the season of Lent, a time of reflection and penance in anticipation of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
It’s sometimes difficult for kids to understand Lent. Lent is very different from the season of Advent, when we prepare to welcome the newborn Jesus on Christmas Day. Lent is a time we spend growing closer to God. We begin on Ash Wednesday when we participate in a special service where ashes are applied to our forehead with the sign of the cross. The ashes are an outward symbol of our desire to change and get ready for Easter.
Lent is about a “conversion” or change, a turning of our lives over to Christ more completely. And as we do this, we are asked to give up sin in some way. The goal is not just to “give something up” during Lent, but to work toward removing sin from our lives forever.
When we really change, we leave behind our old way of doing things and act in a way that embraces a new life in Christ. You can give up soda or candy, or maybe even TV, but that may only last until Easter Sunday. Not fighting with your brother or sister, or arguing with your parents about doing a chore, are both good ways to make a permanent change within your heart.
As we begin this season of Lent, here are a few easy things you can do as a family to bring yourselves closer to God:
- Pray together. It unites the family.
- Volunteer together. Give up some of your time in the service of others.
- Fast together. Family support can make it easier for kids to understand and participate. Fasting is a form of penance that makes us turn away from sin and moves us closer to Christ.
My hope is that you and your family may grow in the love of Christ this Lenten season.