Ash Wednesday is tomorrow and the beginning of Lent. Time to give up things and be still and wait again. A longer season than Advent with more waiting for a Joy to come. But do we spend the next 40 days in sorrow? I hope not. I expect that is not the point of it all and I know the Lord does not want our children to see it this way. So how can we teach our children about this Season and that there is mystery during Lent that leads to a great Joy.
There are many ways to share this Season with your children and remember that all the parts are necessary to bring the Story together as a whole. It's okay to talk about death and sacrifice along with the resurrection. It's all important and should not be shied away from. And all the time remembering that Christ's sacrifice is the important sacrifice not us giving up chocolate for 40 days. I know we want to share in his sacrifice and work towards the Joy of Easter but I have never liked "giving up" something for Lent. Instead I have always preferred offering up a part of ourselves to honor Christ's sacrifice with something other than guilt. Make a piece of art a day, call a relative every day and tell them you love them, blow bubbles on Ash Wednesday to symbolize the Joy that is coming after the 40 days.
So with that thought, I leave you with a link for some wonderful ideas you can do at home with your children. I think I will do the beautiful sensory garden. Maybe with a candle instead of the angel, but that's the great thing about inspiration, you can tweak it to fit your family.
Peace be with you.