The Lenten Tree
It’s recorded in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 18, verses 15 & 16 that some parents brought their little ones to Jesus so He could lay His hands on them and bless them. The disciples told them to go away and not to bother Jesus. Jesus, however, became indigent with His disciples and told them to let the little children come to Him and never send them away!
The Lenten Tree, described in Nyger’s Lenten Journey, is designed to involve the whole family in a time of devotion during the season of Lent. It’s visual, tactile and ongoing. Starting with finding that perfect tree branch in the backyard or the neighborhood park, selecting an appropriate container to place the branch, measuring and cutting the forty- twelve inch strips of ribbon and gluing them to the plastic refillable Easter eggs can make this a family project.
Each day, a family member is selected to lead the family in a time of devotion. At prayer time, everyone is encouraged to write a prayer and place it in the egg for that particular day. Prayer comes naturally to children. Even if the child is too young to write, they can draw or “scribble” on a piece of paper. Our Heavenly Father knows their concern.
Nyger’s Lenten Journey was written to start a conversation with family members concerning the story of Salvation through Jesus Christ. The tree stands as a continual reminder of our Savior’s love for us and His journey to the cross.
On Good Friday, all the prayer requests may be burned. The smoke reminds us of an offering wafting up to our Heavenly Father. The eggs may be refilled with candy on Easter to remind us – He’s alive! He’s risen indeed! Hallelujah!