How to Prepare a Family for Easter & Lent
A calendar can fool, purporting that there are many days to plan a life.
But the only days we truly live are the ones that keep company with Jesus.
I lay out the the Way of Light wreath.
The same wreath we used for Advent and Christmas, now to journey through Lent coming, to Easter triumphing, to His Resurrection and Ascension lifting us to Hope. Soon, March 9th, the 40 day journey to Easter begins….
His coming was for this ending, to open the door to never-ending, and I want the children to see.
Like we did for Advent, they’ll place the candles one marker ahead each day, for forty days, and we’ll move around the wreath, a crown circling, encompassing, for from Him and to Him and through Him are all things, and together, we’ll make it the center of these days, the remembering. Each night through Lent, we’ll read devotionals, pray, journal. We can never forget the immeasurable price of our salvation.
There are calendars on walls. And there are these, calendars of grace, encircling everything.
The time I need to mark is with Him who has the mark on His hands.
We look towards the cross.
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Celebrate His Coming: Advent
Celebrate His Gift of Salvation: Lent:
Celebrate His Resurrection: Ascension::
How to Use the Way of Light Wreath
If you too are looking for a tangible , deeply meaningful family tradition… to prepare hearts for both Advent and Lent and the Days of Easter — for years and years to come — perhaps this wreath helps your family?
Our fifteen-year-old Caleb works with his five siblings to carefully craft the one-of-a-kind The Way of Light Wreath, which invites families to keep company with Jesus on …
- the journey of Mary with Child on a donkey travelling to Bethlehem through the 24 days of Advent
- the journey of Jesus carrying a cross to Calvary through the 40 days of Lent (candle wreath extensions included)
- (optional — the wreath may be used to mark the next 40 days, from Easter Sunday to the Ascension of Christ, marking each day either with the movement of a candle, or a self-made paper butterfly, flower etc…)
For each of the 24 days of Advent, the candle proceeds through the spiral wreath, Mary, swollen with Savior, following.
Come Lent, this same oak wreath then extends to a 40 candle-holder markings, making the profound and visible connection for of the miracle of the God-with-us of Christmas to the cosmic redemption of Easter.
Each evening, the candle proceeds one more day around the 40 day journey through Lent, the symbol of Christ carrying the Cross — and all our Grace-Hope — towards Calvary.
The wreath set, to celebrate the two most important holidays of the Christian faith, includes both the the symbol of Mary with Child and Jesus carrying the Cross, each pieces crafted out of solid red oak and which Caleb has finished in linseed oil.
It’s our quiet prayer that celebrating with this unique heirloom that directly connects Christmas to Easter to Ascension might be a torch of Christ-light to pass on for generations, making family faith memories, year after year.
So… from our hearts and home…. to yours.
May we all walk together in the light of Christ.