We have always tried to bring deeper meaning to our celebrations. To be intentional in training our children. Advent was new to us. Never a part of our faith community.
We always celebrated Christmas and the joyous remembrance of Christ’s birth, but Advent brought a deeper meaning to our celebration. It was a precious time of preparing our hearts for the celebration of His birth and the anticipation of His second coming.
We have never celebrated Lent. We have always treasured and celebrated Easter…the most important event of all.
I was unsure how to go about Lent…exactly how does one do it? I felt inadequate about proceeding. I didn’t want to do it for the sake of doing it…because others were doing it.
My heart was blessed this week by Ann Voskamp as it always is. She directed us in our celebration of Advent and the Jesse Tree and now in Lent with the Jesus Tree. Celebrating with a wreath that is used for both and beyond.
What a better way to celebrate our faith, to celebrate the sacrifice made for us by giving up something? By making a meager sacrifice of our own? To see our need for the cross, the depth of our sinful hearts, the gift of His love, the miracle that we celebrate at Easter.
Although Lent has started, it isn’t too late to prepare our hearts.
And perhaps thinking of it in a different way and not just doing it to do it.
Making an Easter Resurrection Garden.
Reading a family story during the season of Easter, seeing what life may be like during that time, feeling the emotions, experiencing the time.
I love being intentional in celebrating with our children. Making meaningful traditions like the ones here.
And when Easter is over, don’t pack it away until next year…let it live in your hearts.
How about you? How do you prepare your hearts and celebrate Easter?
Have a wonderful weekend!
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