What is “Lent?”
Lent is the season before Easter where we try to “journey” with Jesus. His life, ministry
and death are remembered during this season. It’s also a time to look at our own lives
and draw closer to God. You may do this through prayer, meditation, reading, outreach
or something else. Anything that connects you to God is a great practice.
What is “Lent in a Bag?”
“Lent in a Bag” equips you with symbols of the season of Lent to help you have prayer
or conversation at home. This instruction sheet is two-sided, with one side for older
people, one side for younger.
Instructions for adults and teens: For your own devotion, daily or weekly, choose one
of the symbols to reflect on as you make your way through the season of Lent. Invite
those around your table or gathering to pick one of the symbols as a starting point for
conversation for the whole group.
Hold the bag of sand in your hand.
Read and reflect: Just between his baptism and the beginning of his adult
ministry, Jesus went into the wilderness, crossing the desert and rocky earth for
40 days, “to be tested.” What constitutes wilderness in your life? What have you
learned there? How do you know you have left the desert or wilderness for a new
life in Christ?
Take the rock out of the bag.
Read and reflect: While in the wilderness, Jesus was invited to transform stone
into bread. Though he resisted the temptation there and then, he became justly
renowned for feeding people who were hungry for food, or for love, or for a word
of encouragement, or simple acceptance. Might there be a stony place in you
that needs transforming? Some attitude or habit that, with a little attention, might
even become a gift for you and others?
Find the wooden clothespin figure.
Read and reflect: Because Jesus was, as we confess, fully human, he gets us,
understands us from inside our skin, and knows from experience that we’re each
capable of great things, Godly things. And no matter what we do, he keeps on
inviting us to join in his work, which has become our own work. This Lent, what
might you plan to do over these 40 days? When Easter arrives, will you reflect
Christ who lives in and through you?