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Lent 40 Days, 40 Acts of Kindness

 

The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement, and self-denial. This event is observed by Christians in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic Churches. (Source Wikipedia)

 

During the church season of Lent, my parents encouraged us, children, to sacrifice something that we enjoyed, ice cream, cookies, candy or to give up a bad habit for the 40 days leading up to Easter as a personal sacrifice. I was taught Jesus performed selfless acts of love throughout his ministry by healing, teaching, and giving of himself to the needy. So by giving up sweets or an act of self-sacrifice, it was a small price for me to pay, since his ultimate act of love was his death on the cross so I could have life eternal.

 

This year Lent starts on March 1st and ends on April 12, 2017. I truly believe a great way to observe Lent this year is through deeds of love, human kindness and charity to others – follow the example of Jesus. Here are a few ideas:

 

  • Ask your family to write down acts of love and kindness they can do each day on separate pieces of paper and place them in a jar. Take turns randomly selecting the next day’s activity.
  • Make cookies for a neighbor, donate clothing or used toys to a local community shelter, write a thank you note to the fire department or police department, pray for someone in need.
  • Help with a family project or household chore, set the table, take out the trash, load the dishwasher.
  • Have a spare change jar, over the next 40 days have everyone deposit their pocket change every day; donate the money collected to a local food bank.
  • Another idea I saw on the internet, have a box or bag and every day during Lent place a usable item that is in good condition in the bag, at the end of Lent donate these items to the needy.

 

Be Christ’s hands and feet on this earth during this Lenten season.

Do his work with love and a cheerful heart.

 

Hebrews 13:2:

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

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