March 5 marks the first day of Lent--the 4o days leading up to Easter.
Easter is a big deal to me. You could say it's my soapbox. I preach "celebrate the season" to anyone who will listen.
I wasn't raised in a church that celebrated Lent. But in the last six years, it has become very significant to me. I'm not sure how it all started. I think it had to do with teaching my first-born Anne what Easter was really all about. I began to realize how little time and focus was given to Easter, particularly in the evangelical Christian community. I knew I would have to be intentional and get creative about practicing Lent in my home with my little sprouts. And that's how my Lent journey began.
WHY EASTER IS A BIG DEAL (and why you should celebrate Lent)
Consider: We take a whole month to celebrate Christmas. Advent calendar, anyone? It involves gifts, decorations, books, movies, songs, activities, parties. You name it, and at Christmas time, we do it.
What about Easter? We get the Easter bunny, egg hunts, chocolate (a very key factor), church on Sunday morning, family dinner after. Maybe, maybe some other Easter-related events, which usually take place at Sunday School or church or MOPS, but not really in our homes.
Now, don't get me wrong. I love Christmas. I am all about God sending Baby Jesus down and giving us such a precious gift. But if Jesus just came and lived and that was it, our faith would be empty--really nothing. What sets Jesus apart is that he not only came, but that he lived a sinless life, died a horrible and shameful death on the cross for our sins (not his own)... Then, rose again on the third day--not only conquering our sin, but death itself.
As Saint Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:14, "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain."
Can I get an "AMEN!"
Without Easter—without the resurrection of Christ—there would be no Christian faith. Christ's resurrection is the proof of his divinity.
This is what Lent is all about. It's about taking a season (really just a little over a month) to reflect and celebrate. Don't you think it deserves some time on our calendars?
Now, I'm not trying to guilt anyone about into celebrating 40 days of Lent, fasting, giving up something on Ash Wednesday, etc. That's not where I'm going with this at all. I just want to encourage all you mamas out there to think of some simple, but meaningful, ways you can do just a little bit more during this season to teach your family about how incredible Easter is...making it a little more special, more anticipated, more meaningful.
I've posted many ideas and tutorials here on Mustard Seeds. This year, with a renewed fevor for the season, I'll be reposting some of those ideas and adding some new ones.
So come, on mamas! Won't you join me? Let's get our Easter on!
Check out some books at the library.
Serve others in need.
Bake some special goodies.
Talk to about sin, sacrifice and grace. (Even the youngest can begin to understand this Truth.)
Make some stuff.
Act out the Easter story.
Have a party with friends.
Decorate your house.