Throughout the world, different cultures celebrate Lent with various traditions. In some parts of Germany, old Christmas trees are burned during Lent as a welcome to spring. In Bermuda, families fly kites made with wooden sticks on Good Friday (to represent the cross that Jesus died on and His place in Heaven). And my favorite, in the British Isles hot cross buns are eaten. What a yummy way to celebrate what Christ did for us!
This year, consider adding a new tradition to your family’s Lenten festivities. This website has a list of 10 traditions to consider. This year, I plan to add the tradition of planting daffodils as a reminder of our new life in Christ. Check out the list and consider adding something that will be meaningful to you and your loved ones.
In March, the highly anticipated live-action version of Beauty and the Beast premiered in theaters. If you haven’t seen the cartoon version or read the book (you haven’t seen it?!), the premise is that a young woman named Belle discovers that her father is missing. When she finds him, he is locked away in a dungeon in the Beast’s castle. She tells the Beast that she will take her father’s place, and so starts a period of time where Belle learns that the Beast isn’t really coldhearted, just misunderstood and in need of someone to care about him.
In the beginning Belle feared, and honestly, was bullied by the Beast. I wonder if there is someone in your life who is your “beast”—someone who isn’t nice to you, who may actually bully you regularly. I want you to know that there is a reason they have a hard time accepting you, and it’s because of their own insecurities. If you go to enjoy this new film, I ask that instead of ignoring the credits, you spend those moments in prayer for that person, that they would realize what is keeping them from accepting others. They may not become your “prince charming” in the end, but you will feel better for the time.
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Rachael Boynton | Spring Valley Corps | Greater New York