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Time for an X-ray

Lent has begun! No, it is not what we find in our belly buttons or in the dryers, but it is the 40 days leading up to Easter — a season in the church we call Lent — looking inward. Like when a parent takes a kid to the emergency room because they swallowed a Lego. The X-ray tech takes pictures to find out what’s going on inside; the doc figures out what to do next. As United Methodists, we spend 40 days looking inside to figure out what’s going on. 

It all starts with a day where we recognize our own mortality. You may have seen on one certain Wednesday people walking around with ashes on their forehead. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, literally. We put these ashes on our heads to remind us of the statement God made to Adam in Genesis: “From dust you are and to dust you will return.” We have services on this day to remind ourselves that we are human, prone to get lost and we need God. Once we know how we need to connect with our Creator, then we are able to engage in 40 days of self-examination to find ways to clear space in order to deal with what is going on inside us. Some people either give up or take up something to help them during these days. 

Just like I talked about the X-ray, we all have the opportunity to explore what is going on inside us and spend time with our spiritual doctor, God. As you think about these 40 days, here are some resources that will allow your family and you to clear some space for God. We have links to resources your churches can use during Lent leading up to Easter, or projects you can do with your family or on your own. Happy Lent and find out more about our national Easter advertising and resources here


Lent Weekly Photo Project on Social Media 

Basic Overview of Lent 

Daily Lent Devotions for Leaders 

Guided Meditations and Prayers for Lent 

Family Resources for Activities to Do During Lent 

Lent and Easter Resources for Congregations 

Free Multimedia Worship Series