Here this week is author Kathryn Slattery! Her new book, If I Could Ask God Anything, is a unique kid-friendly book jam-packed with clear, fresh answers to important questions about God, faith, prayer, and Christianity in language that children can understand. Kathryn has been so nice to answer some of the most popular questions for us right here on the blog! Today, she’s answering a big question about this time of year!
The season of Lent is a period of forty days, not counting Sundays, before Easter Sunday. The word Lent comes from the Old English word lencten, which means “spring,” which is when Lent occurs.
Why forty days?
Before Jesus began His ministry as a teacher, He spent forty days in the desert. During that time, Jesus fasted and prayed. He grew very close to His Father God. At the end of the forty days, Satan visited Jesus and tried to tempt Him to sin. But Jesus’ faith was so strong from His forty days in the desert, He did not sin (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13).
During the season of Lent, many Christians spend extra time with God. They pray and read the Bible. Sometimes they give something up to help someone else. For example, maybe they give the money they would otherwise spend on candy bars or video game rentals to help people in need. Or maybe they make a special effort to spend more time with someone who needs a friend.
Lent is a time to grow closer to God.
Lent is also a time to share God’s love with others!