Lent: Looking forward to New Life
Our family so enjoyed the sacredness of celebrating Advent that I decided I wanted to do something for Lent this year to make this season a holy celebration as well. Usually when I think of Lent, I think “fasting,” but really the season is about so much more than that. I’m not sure how much our children would understand the concept at their ages and whether they could really choose to give something up on their own. I don’t want the season to be remembered for how much they resented me taking away their sweets or screen time. So instead, I’m choosing to use a “Lenten Tree” to represent God bringing us new life.
Throughout the season we will add leaves, flowers, and ornaments to transform our barren “tree” into a lush symbol of Christ’s triumph over death. I’ll share a little more about how those things will get added as we move toward the celebration of the Resurrection.
To see how our tree came to life, check out The Resurrection: Letting Go of Expectations.