It's a quiet Saturday, and I've been sipping tea with my babies and reflecting while my man is away for the day. This is pretty much my favorite season of the entire year. While I love the preparations and buttoning down of Fall, and of course delight in the hustle and bustle of family-filled holiday season, the season of Lent is my all time favorite. If I had to choose one favorite holiday, out of all holidays, (which of course I adore) it would have to be Easter. I love the way my little family celebrates and prepares for this most special holiday.
reflection and growth. Now that I do, I'm excited to incorporate this into our life over the next month. (Lent has already begun, and I'm late posting this, but it was a busy week last week with my man out of town on business, so please bear with me.)
Seder Dinner, which is always the most amazing blessing, and we always make resurrection cookies the night before Easter morning. All of these things weave together, to prepare our hearts for the startling realization that Jesus Christ gave up His most precious life to pay the price of our sins, was buried, and then, because He was God, rose from the grave, life beating death. We believe this with all our hearts.
this, and for the first time, suddenly understood the purpose of Lent. Rachel Held Evans asks the following questions about Lent on her blog, and I loved them so much, I wanted to post them here so we could chew on them together.
1) When I wake up on Resurrection Sunday morning, how will I be different?
2. Is there a habit or sin in my life that repeatedly gets in the way of loving God with my whole heart or loving my neighbor as myself? How do I address that habit over the next 40 days?
3. Is there anyone in my life from whom I need to ask forgiveness or pursue reconciliation?
4. What practical steps can I take to carve out time for daily contemplation?
5. What spiritual discipline do I need to improve upon or want to try?
6. What are some things in my life that I tell myself I need but I don’t? Can I give one or two of them up for 40 days?
7. Why am I giving this particular thing up? How does giving it up draw me closer to God and prepare me for Easter?
8. What am I going to tell myself when self-denial gets hard?
9. Is it necessary/helpful for me to share the nature my fast with others or should I keep it private?
10. What do the ashes mean to me this year? What does baptism mean to me this year?
Aren't those amazing questions? Did any of them hit home for you like they did for me? (#1,2, 6 and 7 really struck me.) Do you typically celebrate Lent and do you find yourself feeling different on Easter morning because of it? If you feel at liberty to share, what are you planning to give up or improve during this season?