What is it?
Celebration is intentionally orienting ourselves toward worship, praise, and thanksgiving! It’s an opportunity to simply delight together in all that God has done. During Lent, every Sunday is a mini-Easter! On Sundays we remember that Jesus is alive and risen from the dead! For many who fast during Lent, Sunday is a day of feasting and fast-breaking. The season of Lent includes six mini-Easter celebrations. Our icon for Celebration, a large wave, reminds us that something different and big is happening!
How will we celebrate today?
This question is on every Sunday prompt. Notice that the question does not say “How could we celebrate…” but “How will we celebrate…” The celebration need not be elaborate. Maybe it’s playing a fun game together, drinking some sparkling cider in fancy glasses, or toasting Jesus at the dinner table. It may naturally become part of the Special Meal for the day (See “Special Meal” below). Help your kids to get in on the planning by coming up with their own (reasonable) ideas.
It could be breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a snack/dessert, but consider doing something fun, special and/or silly to make one meal during the day feel celebratory. This could mean lighting candles or using fancier plates, ordering takeout, cooking everyone’s “favorites” over the six weeks, having breakfast for dinner, making a special dessert, etc. Get creative! How can you make your mini-Easter meals memorable? We’ve put together a couple of ideas and if you come up with more, share them on Facebook or shoot us an email so others can be inspired!
As part of the spiritual practice of celebration, on Sundays you are invited to try a Family Blessing as a way to celebrate each other and God’s providence. You may find that this simple practice becomes a favorite part of the week and a significant addition to family time! Giving the blessing is simple: as you sit around the table, ask each (verbal) member of the family to give a blessing to each other member. Put someone in the “blessing seat” (literal or figurative), and ask each other member of the family to thank God for something wonderful about that person. This is a way that we can honor and celebrate not only each other, but God’s beautiful creativity in thinking each one of us up.
When you bless each other, try not to focus as much on attributes that have to do with accomplishments—that is praise—so much as attributes that have to do with being—which is where true blessing happens. For example, “Thank you God that Rylie is so smart she got all As,” has a very different ring from, “Thank you God for Rylie’s creative, curious mind.” Help your kids notice the difference too, and to grow in their ability to bless people for who they are, not what they do.