What is Lent?
Lent is a season of the Christian Year where Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. It’s the forty days before Easter. Lent excludes Sundays because every Sunday is like a little Easter. Basically, it’s about one-tenth of a year (like a tithe of time). Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday. This year Lent lasts from February 17th (Ash Wednesday) – April 4th (Easter) 2021.
At Jesus’ baptism the sky split open, the Spirit of God, which looked like a dove, descended and landed on Jesus, and a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, My Beloved, with whom I am pleased.” Afterward, as told in Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was sent into the wilderness by the Spirit, where he fasted and prayed for 40 days. During his time there he was tempted by Satan and found clarity and strength to resist temptation. Afterward, he was ready to begin his ministry. The number 40 also represents the 40 years the Israelites spent wandering the desert in the Old Testament.
During the season of Lent, we will have daily activities posted to our social media accounts, created by The Upper Room. Below, you can find links to Go Deeper Activities to try! We will update each week for the weeks activities, Sunday-Sunday.
Monday 2/22- Take a look at our calendar to see when you'd like to invite a friend!
Tuesday 2/23- Research Lenten and Easter traditions around the world. Then, with your family, decide on one new tradition you would like to adopt this year- maybe even hanging 10,000 Easter eggs like this!
Wednesday 2/24-Let your journal become a friend. Anytime you’re feeling down, read through your journal entries. You might be amazed to see how God is at work in your life.
Thursday 2/25- Making candleholders is a fun and easy craft you can do with your family. You may follow these instructions or come up with your own decorating ideas
Friday 2/26- Challenge yourself to give away 40 items for the 40 days of Lent as this teen writer did.
Saturday 2/27- Commit to doing one random act of kindness each day
Sunday 2/28- Create a praise tree