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Things to Do During Lent in the Time of Coronavirus

Most of us now have time for... 

"from the heart" communication with God, i.e. prayer; the Psalms are a great place to start. Pray Psalm 23 and see where it leads you in conversation with God;

the kind of reading that builds us up and draws us into deeper relationship with God. Some suggestions: Inspired - Rachel Held Evans; Baptized, We Live: Lutheranism As A Way of Life - Daniel Erlander;  Jesus: A Pilgrimage - James Martin, SJ; 

family devotions; families could read the weekly Lessons and discuss them. Consider ordering a good study Bible, such as Lutheran Study Bible from Augsburg Fortress.  You can read and discuss articles in Living Lutheran or The Christian Century, too. 

family meals;

playing board games and pursuing hobbies. 


This fifth week of Lent, you and your family can get creative about the palms you'll wave next Sunday. We'd love to see what you come up with. Please post it to the church's Facebook page! 

Here’s a great discipleship activity for the whole family to do during Lent: 

Jelly Bean Prayer—

Red is for the blood Christ gave; 
Green is for the palm’s cool shade; 
Yellow is for God’s light so bright; 
Orange is for prayers at twilight; 
Black is for sweet rest at night; 
White is for the Grace of Christ; 
Purple is for His days of sorrow; 
Pink is for each new tomorrow. 

Some people start this on Ash Wednesday, but it would work at any time during Lent. Each child/family member sets out their own glass jar or container, whatever you can get hold of during this time, with the “Jelly Bean Prayer” taped to it. The jelly beans are not eaten until Easter. You and your parents can decide what the different jelly bean colors stand for, except for the white jelly bean. White jelly beans can not be earned; they represent God’s grace and are put in the grown ups' jars by the kids before they go to bed on Holy Saturday, and in the kids' jars by parents/guardians before the kids wake up on Easter morning. 

Here’s what one family did: 

Red—each morning they chose something to sacrifice that day—it had to be something they would have expected to have or do on that day; Green—a good deed;  Yellow—a kindness to others; Orange—leading or taking active part in family worship;  Black (or blue, if you don’t like black jelly beans)—for going to bed on time without arguing; Purple—for apologizing to anyone hurt by their words or actions; Pink—for forgiving.      

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