With Ash Wednesday being this week, my attention is turning toward the season of Lent. For me, Lent is a season of much needed reminders. A season of quiet(er). A season of slow(er). A season of sacrifice, which in turn draws me out of my own innate selfishness and away from the physical comforts and pleasures of this world.
I’ve had people comment before: why Lent? Shouldn’t we always be drawn close to God? Shouldn’t we always sacrifice? Always be reminded that we are not of this world?
On the other hand, though, I think Church seasons are brilliant.
There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Done with an intense spirit of devotion, Lent can truly be a transformative season. It should be. But at the end, there is a time for rejoicing. There should be! A light at the end of the tunnel!
As you contemplate what Lent will look like for yourself and your family this year, consider this family devotional guide from Kansas author Amy Edwards: Lord, Have Mercy: Discovering Jesus in the Days Before Easter: A Family Devotional Guide for Lent.
This devotional comes in both a paperback and Kindle edition.
Lord, Have Mercy is a unique family devotional guide for Lent that can help you make Easter what it should be, the Christian’s most treasured holiday. Each day’s devotion provides a question-and-answer discussion about the Bible reading so that you can easily lead your family in an engaging discussion of God’s Word. With questions geared toward both young and old, all family members will be able to participate in a lively and interactive conversation about the Scriptures.
After seeing her five children quickly lose interest in other read-aloud family devotionals, Amy Edwards set out to write a family devotional guide that would reach her preschool-aged children as well as her middle-school-aged children. With straight-forward questions for little ones and more challenging thinking questions for older ones, this devotional will help you keep all of your family focused on what really matters–discovering Jesus Christ and your need for Him–so that your Easter is a true celebration.
Together your family will converse about the Scriptures. By God’s grace your eyes will be opened to the wonders of God’s mercy that are given to us in Jesus Christ.
Would you like to win a Kindle edition of Lord, Have Mercy to guide your family through the Lenten Season? Simply leave a comment: What does the Lenten season look like for you? (I realize that some of our sacrifices are very personal, and please don’t feel the need to share the details. Keeping it generic is fine by me.)
Giveaway ends Tuesday, February 21, at midnight, and Five Winners will be chosen Wednesday morning. You’ll also receive your kindle edition prize on Wednesday. ***You do not need a Kindle to receive the prize. There are a variety of free Kindle apps available so you can read the book on your computer. (That’s what I do!)***