I have long puzzled over the observation of Lent with 3-6-year-old children. Last year I wrote the attached CCT in Context on Lenten Joy to begin to articulate my thinking about this. Part of the puzzle is the church's observation of Lent compared to that of Advent. Part of the puzzle is finding the good news that Lent holds for children and adults. Please share the journey with me. Read the attached essay, and comment with your anecdotes, questions, and reflections. Perhaps children can lead us all to joyful anticipation of death and resurrection.