The following is the first installment in a weekly Lenten devotional for families, by Mary Jane Pierce Norton of the UMC’s Discipleship Ministries. We hope it helps you to know God a little better during these solemn forty days of repentance and preparation.
Ash Wednesday — March 1: Do Not Worry
Scripture: Matthew 6:25-35
Discussion & Activity: If you are able, attend an Ash Wednesday Service at your place of worship. Talk together about the service and what it meant to you.
In reading Matthew 6:16-35, we are reminded that God is there for us. Through the entire season of Lent, we will be seeking ways to help one another remember that God is with us.
Pass the flower from one person to another. Think about the beauty of the flower and how God has created it so that we see that beauty and life. Talk about the ways each person can use Lent to help us stay focused on God’s presence in our lives.
Often, Lent is seen as a “giving up” time. Plan ways that Lent can be an “adding life” time. Prepare a list with each person’s name on the list. Together, decide what each person will do to add life during Lent. Think about such things as:
- recycling items;
- reading Scripture daily;
- sending a note of thanks each week to someone who has helped you feel God’s love;
- adding a household task that helps everyone enjoy the home more;
- exercising each week.
Dear God: As we begin our Lenten observance, we are reminded that you created us just like you created the flowers.
We owe our beauty and our life to you.
Keep us from needless worry and open our eyes to ways we can more fully enjoy the life you have given us.