It’s here already! Despite the pink cloud of Valentine’s Day, the somber gray of Ash Wednesday emerges this year the day before Valentine’s Day.
Some of us may find this inauguration of self-denial and repentance a little bewildering. What should I give up for Lent? (And why?) This quote from John Piper inspires and reminds me of the general rationale behind what we give up for God:
If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great. (A Hunger for God, Crossway Books, 1997)
I am drawn to the idea that I can embrace the “pleasant pain” (John Piper again) of self-denial, of fasting. Serious takes on Lent fascinate me: fasting from complaining, perhaps, or author Lauren Winner’s fast from anxiety.
But as I’ve told you, I’m genuinely looking forward to Lent this year. The fasting of this season is the perfect time to feed families’ appetite for God. I feel nearly giddy about Ever Thine Home’s new Messiah Mystery resource to guide families on a detective hunt of sorts, looking for Jesus in the Old Testament. I try to have families test drive as many of our products as they can—and the feedback on this resource was nothing short of invigorating!
I’m excited to invite God to breathe new life into your study of the Bible as a family—and as you can trust from Ever Thine Home—in ways both beautiful and memorable.