If your church does not do an Ash Wednesday service try to mark this special day at home.
Kick it off by eating pancakes on Tuesday. A Traditional way of preparing for a fast, but a fun way to mark the start of this important season.
If your faith community does not have a Lent practice, be it fasting, giving up something, having a family time of prayer of Bible reading or singing, or 40 days of goodwill acts. This might be the time to find something to mark the Lent days. http://sacraparental.com/2016/01/08/lent-with-kids-how-to-create-a-household-lent-plan/?fbclid=IwAR14kc_3deU8PAqC_3mSbnaRb8qh53hGLfqxUTSlpjN2xdxpuPG2Zl8c3LI
OR sign up to get the free Lent study for the Jesus Storybook Bible https://www.sallylloyd-jones.com/newsletter-sign-up/?fbclid=IwAR2Li8E7AnG3khWd6dxpdfJVoRDlAxRTou4yqsBP7LQL7UyMLsX7vtCcVjU
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Then make time for a special prayer time on Wednesday. If you have had your Palm cross on your door since last year, you could burn this and make a drawing of a cross with its ashes to hang on the fridge this Lent as a reminder that it is a special time.
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So why would you have a Lenten practice?
I definitely didn’t when i was growing up, in fact i was the downright annoying cousin who made it clear that when my Catholic Cousin started fasting for Lent, well, that i didn’t have to. We marked the start of Lent with pancakes for breakfast and family much coasted in until Good Friday.
I was such the loser.
From young, my cousins learnt something I had to gain later, that the spiritual practice of recognising Lent has very positive affirming benefits.
I made this discovery way to late to share it with my own family as children, though they all got an annoying message from Mum to enjoy a pancake today because Lent starts tomorrow.
At some time in my Theological Studies, I started taking the practice of Lent seriously.
I have enjoyed Mardi Gras in Merida, and then the still ness of the next mornings as Mass is rung out in the city square, and the excited sound of people interacting is hushed. The darkness of the interior of the church only helped to shift the pace, though maybe it was the knowledge that this was built by stolen Inca temple stones also added to my unease. IN this experience I learnt the respect for contrast and the importance of finding silence in the season, so continued a meditative practice for the 40 days, till I celebrated it with my home congregation.
I walked a labyrinth in San Juan to mark the start of Lent one year and finished the season walking another, in another hemisphere. That season I deliberately worshipped away from my home congregation through out Lent, and learnt to appreciate their differences more, but used the time specifically to selfishly seek guidance for a heart call. Which was actually answered.
I have tried to do too many studies, and discovered it is best to choose one, and see it through.
I look forward to seeing Christine Sines Lent garden, and keep promising one day i will also make that my Lenten practice.
This time of looking at the life of Christ, of making time of standing still with my Father has become incredible important to me.
I wish I had shared it with my children when they were young, but while I am here, I can still share with my adult children now. Maybe my grandchildren (not yet here) will get it and come to understand the power of Lent.
May you find a practice to share with your children.