How to pass the time until Easter

If you’re interested in doing something to practice Lent, are some some ideas:

Follow a Lenten Devotional

    • Lent for Everyone  Available on YouVersion, a “devotional created and written by N.T. (Tom) Wright. For each day of Lent, there is a reading chosen from the Gospel of Matthew, plus a reflection by Wright.
    • Here’s one I read every year. The people of CRM produce it collaboratively. Each day’s is written by a different person, from a new perspective, and from all over the world. Every post drips with God’s missional love for the world.

Abstain from something until Easter

    • Often referred to as ‘fasting,’ abstaining from a regularly enjoyed practice or food can help us meditate on our own sin and mortality, even as we shift our focus towards the resurrection and life.

Anything else that helps you focus on Christ’s death and resurrection
The ideas below are all from Rachel Held Evans’ blog, and are a from either her or her readers’ suggestions.

    • Give away 40 items you don’t need, one for 40 days
    • Give up reading all books aside from the Bible for 40 days
    • Try living on $2 a day (outside of rent, utilities, etc)
    • Commit to 40 days of praying for your enemies
    • Fully observe the Sabbath, from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday.
    • Give food or time to a food bank or homeless shelter
    • For those feeling crafty, or with families, make an Easter tree, or try these ideas
    • Rachel offers 40 more ideas from 2012, 2011, and 2010.

Hope these help make your journey towards Easter a fruitful one!


About Tim Owens

I'm a husband, father, and Christ follower. I also live in Albany, NY, where I work as a pastor.
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2 Responses to How to pass the time until Easter

  1. alnjulie2009 says:

    This is great Tim!! I will use this devotional in anticipation of the celebration of our dear Savior’s resurrection!! Take Care!!


  2. Curtis says:

    I’ve been doing the NT Wright one for the last few days and it’s been PHENOMENAL, which is obviously not surprising. Jedi Master Wright is usually pretty spot on. 🙂

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