Lent begins February 22, marking the start of a special time of spiritual renewal and reflection. Inspired by the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert before beginning his ministry, many Christ followers give up a specific food or habit for 40 days as a way to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross before they celebrate the joy of his resurrection.
Giving is also an important part of the Lenten tradition. And whether Lent is part of your spiritual practice or not, there are many ways you can spend this time before Easter preparing your heart for the greatest act of generosity in history.
Here are a few resources to consider:
- Lent in Plain Sight by Jill Duffield – This book will draw your attention to 10 ordinary objects Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns, and stones. Each week, you will encounter a new object to consider through Scripture, prayer, and reflection.
- Countdown to Easter by Annette LaPlaca – This classic online resource provides families 40 daily options, including Scripture readings, fun activities, discussion topics, and songs to help guide even the youngest children through the season.
- She Reads Truth has created this 2023 reading plan based on 1 and 2 Chronicles, which illustrates the faithfulness of a God who keeps his promises to a wayward people from generation to generation. While the seven-week study book is available for purchase, the content (which will conclude with Holy Week readings) will also be available free of charge online at shereadstruth.com and will be discussed weekly on their podcast. A Lenten plan for men following the same content has also been created.
- Father Mike Schmitz: What should I do for Lent? – If giving things up for Lent seems a bit hollow, this article will give you a fresh approach. Beginning with the goal in mind – becoming more like Jesus – Father Mike’s practical advice on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is focused on helping you become the person God is calling you to be.
- The Keeping Company offers a daily devotional of the names of Jesus accompanied by a piece of classical artwork. The Lent devotional was written to guide you and your family through a one-of-a-kind experience of the holy days.
Of course, you can also use your cell phone to set alarms to remind you to pray, to meditate on Scripture, and to look for opportunities to give during the Lenten season.
We hope you’ll join us as we prepare our hearts for Jesus’ resurrection!