Lent begins today, and for much of the Christian Church, it is a significant season of reflection.
People know Lent for having to “give up” something for six weeks. These weeks mark the anticipation leading to Easter.
It starts with Mardi Gras before shifting to Ash Wednesday. It goes through Good Friday, and ends with the celebration at Easter. There is a rhythm, and the rhythm is significant.
But not every Christian tradition celebrates this momentous season. Do you?
Leaning into this theme of rhythm, our friends at The Common Rule have developed a great visual tool for you to honor this Lenten celebration.
What is it?
A rule of life refers to a set of regular habits and rhythms geared towards spiritual formation. A communal rule is one adapted specifically to our time and place, and joins us together as we seek to become people who orient their lives towards the love of God and neighbor.
Rhythm is important, but to have good rhythms, you need good rules.
The rules here aren’t meant to restrict you. Making habits of good rules frees us up in other areas to experience the fullness of life.
What does this have to do with our families?
Here are three rules you can use with your family:
- One meal per day with others: put the focus on your family meals.
- Two hours with the phone off: less screen time is good for playing
- Scripture before phone: a Good Word before Facebook has to be good, right?
Don’t make this a to do list that makes you feel guilty. Let it bring freedom and peace to your Lenten season.
Let us know where these Lenten rhythms take you!