I’ve often heard it said that Easter is our most important Christian holiday, trumping
Christmas, but felt that we don’t live it out that way. As a mom, I’ve tried to be
thoughtful about how we celebrate Christmas, and particularly Advent. We try to do
things throughout the season to help our family recognize the true meaning of
Christmas. But what do we do about Lent? How do we “celebrate” Lent? How do we
recognize the true meaning of Easter? Are we (and our children) catching the spirit
of this season, and are we living out the Gospel through our Lenten and Easter
Part of the trouble is that Lent is quiet, contemplative; there’s even some darkness.
It doesn’t translate as easily into fun family activities. But as wise Solomon tells us,
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven….A time to
cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3: 1 & 4,
NLT) Life is meant to have highs and lows, and a season of dark is necessary for us
to appreciate the light when it comes. Lent is about stepping into what Christ did for
us and considering His preparation for the cross. Our families will benefit from
acknowledging the dark, even though it’s not quite as much fun as counting down
the days before His birth.
– Julie Dahlberg
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