Five Points Blog
- Jocelyn Kakkuri
- Mar 05, 2012
Many families celebrate the various holidays throughout the year with different traditions. In our home we have generally given the most attention and preparation to Christmas, but after reading Noel Piper's blog and contemplating her thoughts on the Lenten and Easter season, we have been encouraged to rethink what preparation for Easter looks like in our home.
In Treasuring God In Our Traditions, Noel writes:
Over the course of the Lenten and Easter season, we are remembering the lowest points of sin and the highest heights of what God has done for us through Jesus. Through Jesus we have the only way to the Father. That’s worth celebrating!
Jesus said . . ., “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
And yet, every year somehow, it’s so easy for Easter to slip up on us, and suddenly we’re saying, “Oh my goodness, it’s Palm Sunday already!” Let’s try to think of some ways to be prepared, to be waiting for Easter.
Although Easter is the highest celebration of the Christian’s year, it doesn’t have the fascination and thrill that surrounds Christmas. There’s a reason; the death of Jesus and our part in causing it was a very somber and tragic event. But we mustn’t avoid preparation for Easter simply because the sober, contemplative season of Lent precedes it. As with all the other special times of our year, we’ll be wise and obedient if we start by preparing our own hearts and lives. Lent offers us seven weeks for this purpose.
Lent comes from an Old English word that means lengthen, signifying that the days are getting longer because Spring is here.
Traditionally Lent is a season of sober, realistic reflection on our own lives and our need for a Savior. It is a time for turning away from anything that has kept us from God and for turning or returning to him. It is a time to pray that God renew our love for him and our dependence on him.
Such a helpful reminder! For other thoughts and ideas on how to prepare for the Easter season, check out these resources: