I know...Easter seems a long way off, but it always sneaks up on me. I guess that's the whole point of celebrating Lent...something to help me be intentional about preparing for Easter. Though I grew up in a faith tradition that didn't pay much attention to Lent, it's something that our family has been incorporating into our lives for the last few years. Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday, so I thought it might be a good time to think this through.
We've given things up....in 2006 and 2007 we gave up television....last year we did 40 Days of Nothing, which means that we didn't buy anything except the necessities during Lent. Some of my friends are talking about doing a Daniel Fast of mostly just fresh fruits and vegetables, or giving up things like soda or coffee.
Giving stuff up is a good thing for me because it helps me simplify and focus. But this year our family has also decided to ADD. Add something to help us prepare, help us listen, help us consider what the appropriate response might be when a King pays the ultimate penalty for you.
So for the past few nights at the dinner table, we've been discussing what kinds of things might help us prepare for Easter. Tonight, Sarah suggested that we each choose something different to give up, but that as a family, we add a spiritual discipline to our family routine during Lent.
I'll share more about what we decide tomorrow....but I'd like to know what kinds of ways you prepare for Easter - - Have you found things that have worked well for your family? We're still open to suggestions.... Have you made commitments this Lent that you'd like some accountability for? I'd love to learn from you!