For Lent: Add one small thing

Coffee and chocolate

We are in the season of Lent. Have you heard the standard question?

Open quote mark What are you giving up for Lent?

Rather than giving something up,

what about adding something?

Just one small thing, every day?

If you’ve been around these parts you have read what I have to say about blessing your child(ren). And about how…

  • Offering a blessing for someone means you see them as very valuable.
  • Blessings are words that communicate your child’s high value to God and to you.
  • They are special words that your child takes with them into the world.

Ideally I’d like to suggest that the small thing you add for Lent would be to bless your child(ren). But I know that that can be hard to start. (But for those of you who already bless your children, Bravo! Keep it up.)

For those who haven’t yet started, may I suggest a small something for you to add for Lent?

Give yourself a blessing.

Here is one to try. This blessing was written especially for you. It is based in part on 2 Corinthians 13:14, in the Message translation. Print it out if you’d like, here.

Fill in the blank with your name. Post it on the bathroom mirror or the fridge. Go ahead, speak these words to yourself; out-loud if you’d like! Every day.

Add one small thing for Lent.

Open quote mark _______ the amazing grace of Jesus, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, are always with you. Go, be a child of God, reflecting God’s love to all those around you.

Lenten blessings!

 — Carol

A cross decorated with palm branches It’s Lent! Here are some resources for the season:

Lenten activities for your family.

Short spiritual practices to try during Lent.

A way to tell the Easter story using plastic Easter eggs.


Photo credits:
Coffee & chocolate by Andrew Crookston, who licensed this photo on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.
FUMC’s palm-covered cross from my archives.