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Lent Our Exodus From Winter

Lent Hope Joy

Source: "Why Lent? Why now? It's our exodus from winter" by Lt. Baron Miller / NMCB 4, published THE LIGHTHOUSE, Feb 6, 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-10

Scripture: Isaiah 60:3

Author: Lt. Baron Miller
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“And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” — Mr. Beaver in C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Writing for the US Naval community publication THE LIGHTHOUSE, Lt. Baron Miller describes the Lenten season as our “exodus from winter”:

C. S. Lewis’ Narnia is a magical land that is always cold. The White Witch has kept Narnia under her spell, creating a permanent season of snow, ice and death. It was “always winter and never Christmas” in Narnia. That was until Aslan came back to bring freedom and “shake his mane.”

Like Jesus, Aslan the lion king represents freedom from death’s snare and release into joy. When Aslan is on the move in Narnia, winter begins to melt and life comes into bloom.

APPLICATION

Lt. Miller concludes, “For us in the real world, Lent is very similar. Lent means ‘springtime,’ and it marks our exodus from winter into the dawn of spring. For us as Christ followers, Lent reminds us that Jesus is on the move and the joyous season of spring is here. He will provide for us a ‘crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and the garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair’ (Isaiah 60:3).

Legend of the Lenten Pretzel

Lent Object Lessons Children's Lesson

Source: Various

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Scripture: Joel 2:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The Legend of the Lenten Pretzel:

Legend has it that the modern pretzel is actually has its origin in ancient Lenten celebration. The established church at the time did not allow the eating of meat or dairy products during the observance of Lent. As such, people would make bread from a simple mixture of flour, water, and salt. As the legend unfolds, it is purported that a monk in a monastery was looking for a way to make use of the leftover scraps of dough that didn’t fit into the loaf pans. He wondered if he might not be able to use it to bless the hungry children to whom the monetary ministered.

His idea was to roll the dough scraps into long, thin ropes which he would then shape into the image of hands folded over the heart in prayer. He called them pretiolas (which means “little rewards” in Latin). He then distributed to them to the children in exchange for a recitation of a memorized prayer, explaining the pretrial’s shape and reminding the children to always pray and trust God.

While the legend has been around for centuries, there is no factual, historical evidence for it. Even so, the pretzel has become a traditional Lenten treat around the world.

APPLICATION

Object lesson: Make a batch of pretzel dough enough for the number of children in your class. Have each child thoroughly wash their hand. Distribute lumps of dough on a large sheet of waxed paper to each child and guide them in rolling out their ropes and shaping them into a pretzel. Place them in the oven to bake as you explain the legend. This should open up lively conversation about Lent, the practice of “giving up” certain things (like meat or milk) to identify with Christ’s suffering, or the topic of growing closer to God through heartfelt prayer.

"Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity” (Joel 2:12-13).

Fast From, Feast On

Lent Fasting Christlikeness

Source: "Fast From-Feast On" by William Arthur Ward

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Scripture: Matthew 6:16

Author: William Arthur Ward / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

A Lenton Prayer:

Fast from judging others; Feast on the Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; Feast on the unity of life.
Fast from apparent darkness; Feast on the reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness; Feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute; Feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger; Feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; Feast on optimism.
Fast from worry; Feast on divine order.
Fast from complaining; Feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives; Feast on affirmatives.
Fast from unrelenting pressures; Feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility; Feast on non-resistance.
Fast from bitterness; Feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; Feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety; Feast on eternal truth.
Fast from discouragements; Feast on hope.
Fast from facts that depress; Feast on verities that uplift.
Fast from lethargy; Feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; Feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from shadows of sorrow; Feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Fast from idle gossip; Feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm; Feast on prayer that strengthens.

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994), American author, teacher and pastor.

APPLICATION

As we celebrate the Lenten season, let us focus our fasting less on material sacrifices (like candies or colas) and more on the inward sacrifices of the heart which will serve to mold us ever more into the image of the One whose desert experience we emulate.

“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:16-18, ESV).

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