People handle the period of Lent in different ways. First, I realize of course that many people are not Christians and wouldn’t even know what Lent and Easter are all about.
My husband and I were talking about Lenten sacrifice at lunch today. He was saying that he always figured that Lent was a Roman Catholic thing and that the Presbyterians weren’t into that sort of thing. He said he didn’t understand the point of giving something up.
When we were growing up we didn’t hear much about the liturgical year. This has been shifting in the last ten years or so, and I think it is a good change. My response about the point was that it was about giving up the distraction that took my attention off of spiritual matters.
We usually get a booklet from the church with devotions for each day of Lent, or a bookmark with the lectionary readings for the season. This is a great way of focusing on the scriptural story of the life and mission of Christ. One year we were each given a horseshoe nail to carry in our pockets throughout the season. Every time you reached into your pocket or purse you were reminded of the great sacrifice that Jesus made for you, for all of us.