A few years ago, some friends suggested creating a wilderness rock garden as a visual reminder of the Lenten season. I loved the idea and continue to use it year after year.



A tray

At least 40 rocks, shells, etc. in a container

Tealight and holder

optional- additional symbols


Place a couple of inches of sand in the tray. I use a woven tray, so I line it with parchment paper and place it on a solid tray to keep the sand in place.

Place the tealight in its holder. Place the holder on the sand.

I use a mixture of rocks and shells from my travels in my wilderness. Use what’s meaningful to you. Add additional symbols if you like.


Spend a few moments in quietness as you place a rock in the wilderness every day during Lent.

What does the rock mean to you?

  • Is it a burden you are releasing to God?
  • Are you marking your time with Jesus in the wilderness?
  • Is it a habit tracker for something you’ve given up for Lent or a holy habit you’ve added for Lent?
  • Is it an Ebenezer, a stone of remembrance?
  • Something else?


On Sundays, light the candle instead of placing a rock in the garden. Every Sunday is a little Easter, even during Lent.

By Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com


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