We are now moving into Lent, a penitential season, even though we have been feeling that we have been slogging through a penitential time now for a few weeks considering the weather and the challenges from the school.. However, our family has begun having all kinds of interesting--and funny--conversations about Lent. This year, I have decided to emphasize being in relationship with God in an intentional way. I am not giving-up anything, especially related to food or drink. (After losing 17 pounds this fall, I felt I did not need to dwell on food anymore than I have had in the past or will in the future.) I have decided to read Biblical stories in quiet in the morning. In fact, I set-up a little prayer and meditation corner for the family. I pulled out all of our books on saints and Jesus as well as our children's prayerbooks and children's bibles and just situated them around a corner of the room. We took a cardboard box and covered it with a Tanzanian batik. Addie added a simple cross to the box and we got out a blank piece of paper to write prayers on throughout Lent. You might find Elias there in the morning with his space encyclopedia or Addie there working diligently on writing a prayer or Josiah brandishing a broom and screaming at the top of his lungs pretending to be a pirate. Prayer takes many forms.
Addie has been asking fantastic questions about Lent:
Does God love Jesus more than the rest of us?
At first, I stopped and came up short with this one. I was thinking of the baptism of Jesus when God says to Jesus you are my beloved in whom I am well pleased. And, I also thought of the Transfiguration in which the same words were echoed and I began to wonder if it might be true that God prefers Jesus to us. And, then I realized I was thinking in completely human terms.--and human experience. God's love cannot be measured. God's love can not be counted. God's love is beyond our understanding. However, in human terms, we know that one parent can have three children and love them all--not the same, but love them all. And, I explained that to her. And, of our three children it is interesting that Adelaide is the child who measures love by human terms, more than God's terms, on a consistent basis.
Why is purple the color for Lent? Is it Jesus' favorite color?
Can I bring friends to the Pancake Supper?
Me: Of course!
Addie: That's right because this is a "friend"ly church, get it?
Addie: Can my friends come for free?
Me: No, they have to pay for the pancakes.
Addie: Oh, so they got money for the chili cook-off, too?
Me: Yes, it was a fundraiser for the choir.
Addie: Are they going to pay me, too? You know, I'm in the choir.
Josiah: Looking at his Daddy...Am I going to be a priest when I grow-up?
Daddy: I don't know do you want to?
Josiah: Yes. Am I going to have a big belly, too?
|On our last snow day, the kids chose to make the laundry table their hiding place and fort. They had a little reading extravaganza. It was really sweet; it seems that after 8 snow days, we got the hang of getting along.|