Lenten Moments are designed to foster faith conversations with your family as you do theology together through prayer and practice. Lent is a special season leading up to a profound demonstration of God’s love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The word lent is connected to the Lenten season which includes Ash Wednesday along with the 40 days of fasting leading up to Easter. It offers a time of focus and repentance, praise and worship, celebration and new life as we remember Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection – what some will call the kerygma, the essence of the grand narrative of Gospel – the good news of salvation and life. Lent begins this upcoming Wednesday, February 22 and we will extend this experience through Sunday, April 9, 2023.
Each week you will be given a Lenten Moment that will involve a prayer and a practice for the next nine weeks. This can be done at any time of day that is best for you and your family dynamic. We pray that it sparks faith-filled conversations and meaningful moments that strengthen your relationship as you follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Worshiping God can lead to postures of stillness (think bowed heads and folded hands) and postures of movement (think arms up in the air). Body Prayers can demonstrate praise to God in very moving ways. Prayer is an opportunity to be in God’s presence. Prayer can happen anytime, anywhere, and you can pray about anything because truly, God is always listening.
Read the following prayer and consider using one of the postures below.
Come, let’s shout joyfully to the Lord,
shout triumphantly to the rock of our salvation!
Let’s enter his presence with thanksgiving;
let’s shout triumphantly to him in song.
For the Lord is a great God,
a great King above all gods.
The depths of the earth are in his hand,
and the mountain peaks are his.
The sea is his; he made it.
His hands formed the dry land.
Come, let’s worship and bow down;
let’s kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
the sheep under his care.
Try these postures of prayer with your family – kneeling; laying flat on your back; lifting hands high; sitting; and if you really want to get creative, make up some motions.
Content inspired by Faithful Families for Lent, Easter, and Resurrection by Tracy Smith – Chalice Press: 2021. All rights Reserved.