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The Hope of Lent

The Hope of Lent

Lent is a time to remember Jesus chose to die for us and that meant He would suffer. It’s also a time for hope and remembering Jesus rose. That gives us hope all year. We can hope as we pray, and we need hope when we’re sad or to face tough days

During lent, read scriptures on hope as well as ones related to Jesus giving his life for us. Put these verses or references on slips of paper to fill a little hope chest.

Add in symbols that are reminders of the road to the cross and resurrection—such as a little nail, thorn, and more. When you need hope, pull out a verse to read and an object. Then thank God for hope and replace the items in the chest.

Scriptures on hope:

  • Hebrews 6:19
  • Romans 15:13
  • Romans 8:28
  • Romans 8:39
  • Romans 5:5

Scriptures on death, resurrection of Jesus:

  • Luke 23:33
  • Matthew 27:50,54
  • 1 Peter 3:18
  • John 11:25-26
  • Luke 24:5-6

Make a hope chest:

  • Cover a box to make a hope chest.
  • Or check on Pinterest for patterns to make a folded paper treasure box.
  • Or buy a wooden chest at a craft store.

Decorate the chest and start filling it.


  • Nail – Mark 15:27
  • Grass or small flower-praying in garden Matthew – 26:36,39
  • Thorn or toothpick – Matthew 27:29
  • Cross – Matthew 27:31
  • Crown – Mark 15:26
  • Stone – Mark 16:4
  • Dime for a piece of silver – Zechariah 11:12 and Matthew 26:14, 30
  • Feather for rooster – Luke 22:33-34
  • Die – John 19:24 and Psalm 22:18
  • Empty egg – Mark 16:16
  • Cloves and a stick of cinnamon for perfume and oils – John 19:40
  • Seeds – John 12:24

By: Karen Whiting writes to help families thrive. Her 25 books for women, families, and children bring hope woven with creativity and practical tips. Her newest family book is 52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families.

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