Light and Dark for Lent – Fifth Sunday

  I am the Resurrection and the life” -John 11   As the Sunday feasting ends, and night closes in, we put the candles on the table. Beginning with 4 candles snuffed out and 3 lit, here is the reminder of light and darkness.   As true as the sun in the sky, there stood […]

Light and Dark for Lent – 4th Sunday

What is the dark? Not seeing the point of Jesus being there, so continuing as you always have What is the light? Seeing Jesus brightly and following joyously…even carelessly     Begin with 3 candles snuffed out and 4 candles lit. John 9 – “As long as I am in the world, I am the […]

Light and Dark for Lent – Third Sunday

The Feast: today is not just about a lot of food but His words, and on Sunday we enjoy our fill of Him – always more than enough. The Fast: our full bellies and hearts take us into another week of following our King in the dark trenches. Remind yourself to pray often (you’re going […]

Light and Dark for Lent – Second Sunday

The truth about me – I am capable of great evil. Any bit of good, that was God you saw, not me. If the goal actually was to be good, my heart would quickly yell, “liar!” “failure!” all the time, and it would be true.  And if a week of Lent is meant to remind […]

Light and Dark for Lent – First Sunday

The contrast of light and dark is powerful, even to the youngest eyes. God uses stories and pictures of light and dark all throughout Scripture from beginning to end. A fascinating visual study if you like to journal. This picture of light and dark that God painted all over is the reason I love using […]

A Feast… for Lent?

What would motivate one to place a diamond on a muddy finger? Who actually wants a thieving crook in their house? Why would a king search the streets for a beggar? How can disease be the one pulled close?   Love. Unusual love.   I’ve only ever heard of one who loved like this – […]

Would we do Lent again next year?

  Yes, I would… in the sense that I would do something to prepare my heart and the heart of my children for the most important celebration on a Christian’s calendar – Resurrection Sunday.  It is in this sense that I am using the word Lent here.  I don’t need to call it Lent, although […]

Wednesday of Passion Week

What was happening Wednesday before the crucifixion? The story we read today was the one about Judas agreeing to betray Jesus and walking off with a bag of money in hand…what a great friend.  And what did the kids want to do with the story today?  You guessed it…a play!  We’re stuck on this track, […]

Tuesday of the Passion Week

No special foods today.  Jesus teaches a lot today and there are so many bits that could be focused on as the kids get older, especially in the Olivet Discourse.  But today the story of the Widow’s Mite is played out in our minds.  My daughter is confident she knows how it goes and promptly […]

Can a house tell stories about the Death and Resurrection of Jesus?

Oh, yes!  Pictures and objects come alive in the mind of a child.  The colors wave as we tie them to the doorposts.  The objects on the shelves and walls and windows have meaning. See, touch, hear what God has said. This year, although I put a lot of thought into what I put up, […]