“…the practice of Lent is about peeling away layers of insulation and anesthesia which keep us from the truth of God’s promises… Lent is about hacking through self-delusion and false promises.” – Nadia Bolz-Weber
As a fairly new parent, I’m finding that having a toddler makes hacking through the delusion that I’m in control or that I’ve got it all together pretty easy. It’s not about me. Not one bit. But I’m pretty human, so I still get self-delusional, and this Lent I am seeking to pay closer attention to the “layers of insulation” that keep me distant from the promise that God, through Jesus Christ, has overcome the world.
In so doing, I hope to instill the importance of paying attention to God’s promises with my young child this Lent. I saw an idea for “Sacrifice Beans” on Facebook, so I marched down to the grocery store and bought a bag of lima beans, and have been marking them each with purple Sharpie crosses. The marked beans are making their way into a bowl in the center of our dining room table, and any time someone in our family puts the light and hope of Christ at center by sacrificing time, talent, or treasure for someone else’s good or the good of creation, we put a Sacrifice Bean in a designated mason jar. The idea is that the jar will fill up in the coming forty days, because we will be paying close attention – to God’s promises, to one another, to the importance of peeling away the layers upon layers of “me” and replacing them with “other” in an effort to respond to the perfect sacrifice of Jesus.
Ultimately, on Easter morning, the beans will be replaced with Alleluia Jelly Beans. Anytime someone makes a sacrifice during the 50 days of Easter, they get a treat. If the jelly beans last that long…
To learn more about Sacrifice Beans (I definitely didn’t invent the idea), check out: http://sermononthesidewalk.com/2013/02/22/time-to-spill-the-beans-lenten-sacrifice-beans-for-kids/