I’m not sure why I ever make plans, they always seem to change! My Ash Wednesday was supposed to start off with morning prayer and school mass with the kids, followed up by some extra scripture time, a Divine Mercy chaplet, and a fun craft with the kids after school. Maybe we’d even throw in a decade of the rosary with the kids before bed?
Instead, I woke up to four kids sick with a tummy virus. So much for mass together as a family. Another kiddo got sick at school and needed picked up. So much for extra scripture time for me. I started feeling a little green around the gills. A trip to the chiropractor for us all, and evening mass was out.
God cleverly and gently reminded me that Lent isn’t so much about perfect plans, but is more about giving alms to others. Today, like it has been for the past 15 years, giving alms involved my kids.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. Matthew 25:35-36
Today this meant lots of crackers, rice, Sierra Mist, and extra baths, laundry, and snuggles. The stomach flu wasn’t exactly a welcome stranger, but I sure have felt imprisoned in my house all winter with sick kids and so much snow!
Here’s how my Ash Wednesday actually turned out:
- My husband had extra prayer time with the kids while he drove them to school.
- I read and discussed mass readings with my sick kids at home.
- One by one, we each did this adorable Ash Wednesday craft that I found from the Catholic Bloggers Network linkup! Our “Wall of Ashes” turned out pretty cute!
- We draped purple fabric over our crucifixes, just like they do at church!
I am thankful that God reminded me not to get frustrated that my Lent didn’t start off with a “bang” like I had planned. I was right where God wanted me to be, doing just want He needed me to do.
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