At Holy Family during the coming six weeks, we will recall time and again that Lent is the season “for getting ready for the Mystery of Easter.” That is, during Lent we commit together to preparing our hearts and minds, our souls and bodies to receive the gifts of new life that God brings us in Jesus.
I often hear that it takes 30 days (or 21, or 28, or 66 days) to form a habit. Sometimes I think of Lent (which literally means ‘spring’) as a time during which we shield new, fragile habits in order to help them take root. Perhaps Lent is a time in your family might choose one habit to practice carefully, with an aim toward allowing that habit to grow firmly rooted as we arrive in the Easter season.
Some habits to consider taking up?
The internet is rife with them of course, but here are a few suggestions to get you dreaming…
- A daily family time of prayer; perhaps using the Daily Devotions from the BCP, or using this Lenten Prayer Tree, or Lenten Prayer Chain. This is a beautiful reflection on prayer with young children, along with a few practical suggestions on how to provide space for young children to pray.
- Reading scripture together. Consider choosing a different passage (a parable, the beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer) to read daily during each week of Lent. Lent is a wonderful time to put a beloved psalm or Scripture text to memory (work on it while walking, while driving, while washing dishes…)
- Gather together favorite breakfast items to share with the Breakfast Fellowship at St. Joseph’s – Durham. There will be a marked cooler in the CE Commons throughout Lent for donations (requested items include eggs, shredded cheese, breakfast meats, grits, butter, coffee, and tea).
- Sing together. Choose a hymn or two and mark these forty days as a season of praise.
- Join in our Wednesday evening Lenten series. Children will give special attention to the story of the Lord’s Supper each Wednesday of Lent, while adults will learn about the Creed
How will your family mark this season of Lent?