When is Lent? It is the forty days before Easter, excluding Sundays (because every Sunday is like a little Easter). It begins with Ash Wednesday, a service in which we recognize life as a precious gift from God and re-turn our lives towards Jesus Christ.
Why ashes? In Jewish and Christian history, ashes are a sign of mortality and repentance. The ashes are traditionally from the palms used in the previous years’ Palm Sunday service. They are burned and mixes with a little water (like tears) or oil.
10 Things to Try this Lenten Season:
- Try an electronic fast (give up TV, electronic games, social media).
- Start a prayer rhythm (say a prayer every time you brush your teeth, at a stop light, before you call someone)
- Read one chapter in the Bible each day.
- Forgive someone (perhaps even yourself).
- Give up soft drinks, fast food, tea or coffee.
- Create a daily quiet time.
- Cultivate a life of gratitude.
- Be kind to someone each day.
- Pray for others you see.
- Volunteer an hour or more each week.