Lent Devotionals

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In the middle of the snowiest New England winter, it’s hard to start thinking about Easter.  Today, Ash Wednesday begins Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter. Traditionally Lent is a time where Christians repent and direct our eyes to Christ.

I love starting something new, to recenter, to reconsider.  Just as we adults need this, so do our kids.  Like advent, Lent is a wonderful time for us as families to remember what God has done for us particularly looking at Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.

Below, I’ve gathered titles of devotionals and music to use during the Lenten season, some geared for families and some for adults that can be modified to be used with children.

Lent Devotionals

Trail to the Tree by Ann Voskamp- This free Lent and Easter devotional is similar to her advent devotional Unwrapping the Greatest Gift.  You can download the plan, along with ornaments to make an Easter Tree at the bottom of the following blogpost:

Why You May Really [Really] Need Lent this Year [and a Free Family Lent & Easter Devotional]

Lenten Lights By Noel Piper-  This is another free Lent devotional, to be used weekly.  It includes instructions in using the tradition of the 7 lenten candles.

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/lenten-lights

A Call to Live This is a free Lent devotional put out by World Vision.  Each week centers around a different topic of how Christ calls us to live in response to what he has done for us.  Includes scriptures, questions, and readings.

http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/pages/lent-2009

Devotions for Lent from the Mosaic Bible  This very affordable devotional includes scripture readings, readings from Christian leaders throughout history, and paintings that all narrate Jesus’ life and journey to the cross.

http://www.amazon.com/Devotions-Lent-Holy-Bible-Mosaic-ebook/dp/B0036FOGKQ

Reliving the Passion By Walter Wangerin

http://www.amazon.com/Reliving-Passion-Walter-Wangerin-Jr/dp/0310755301/ref=pd_sim_b_7?ie=UTF8&refRID=1TPR09201A11Q5F8EH0D

Living the Christian Year: Time to inhabit the story of God by Bobby Gross

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0830835202/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=33817003795&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16318515556659536083&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_7e2kbl6j4e_e

God is on the cross by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

http://www.amazon.com/God-Is-Cross-Reflections-Easter/dp/0664238491Music

Music for Lent

Many bands have special music for the Lenten season.  The 2 groups below focus on historic hymns and worship music for Lent and Easter.  Their music can be found on iTunes and Spotify.

Page cxvi, Lent to Maundy Thursday

http://pagecxvi.com/

Ordinary Time, Around the Table, and Until He Comes

http://music.ordinarytimemusic.com/

Throughout Lent, I’ll share some activities to do with children. There is no one way to prepare for Easter. Pick a simple ritual and begin a tradition that works for you. The most important thing is that Christ might become bigger in our lives and the lives of our kids.

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