The Season of Lent
The word “Lent” comes from an Old English word meaning "spring.”
Spring is the time when we celebrate plants coming back to life—we see the flowers in gardens and beautiful flowering trees start to bloom. But it takes some time. If you help plant a garden you know that what seems to be hard and dead—a little hard seed—holds the gift of life. It goes into the ground and is covered over. While we wait, something happens to the seed. It breaks open and begins to grow—first underground and then pushing through the earth to the sunlight. Finally the plant shows off a beautiful flower.
Lent is a time for us become closer to Jesus and learn more about how he lived and how he wants us to live. So we spend time listening to the stories of Jesus and thinking about what they mean for us. We even think about how he died. We are growing quietly during this time, like the little seed—growing in our love for God and for other people. It helps get us ready for Easter.
At the end of Lent we celebrate Easter. Easter is like the flower that finally pushes forth from the plant. It is surprising and beautiful. It reminds us that even though Jesus died, God brought Jesus back to life—and that is surprising and beautiful!
Our lives are linked with Jesus’ life. Each year during Lent we grow to know and love Jesus more and more. And when we die we know that God, who loves us just like God loves Jesus, will bring us to live with God forever. That’s the most surprising and beautiful thing ever!
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