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What I'm Learning About ... Lent

Lent is a season to more fully discover God’s presence through the exercise of spiritual disciplines.

Many people see the season of Lent as an excuse to go on a diet, or to give up a material vice. Instead of focusing on lack, these four women discovered the abundant life God has promised by practicing spiritual disciplines and renewing their minds in Christ.

JoHannah Reardon
Annette LaPlaca

Lent is the 40 days, not counting Sundays, before Easter. These Scripture readings, fun activities, discussion points and hymns to read or sing will help your family focus on the most pivotal Christian truth: Christ died and rose to save us from sin!

  1. Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, gets its name from an ancient tradition of throwing ashes on one's head to demonstrate sorrow for sins. Explain to your child that Lent is not a time to be gloomy, but a time to consider how much we need the salvation that Christ secured for us. If your church doesn't have an Ash Wednesday service, consider taking an older child to visit another church.

  2. Buy an Easter lily for your home. The lily symbolizes new life because something so strikingly fragrant and beautiful grows from a lifeless-looking bulb.

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March 1999

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