Lent is the season of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts through Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). Traditionally, Christians have observed Lent by devotion, fasting, repenting, and giving. We can invite our children to join us as we observe this season, as we prepare our hearts and our lives for Easter.
Thanks to Kimberlee Conway Ireton for her plan that I used to develop these Kid’s Devotions.http://www.stchristophers-mn.org/storage/files/family-devotions-for-lent.pdf
As we get closer to the Easter, we are reminded that Jesus open up our eyes to see what kingdom miracles He is doing in this world.
Ask the children…
What was the matter with the man described here?
“When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch the man and heal him.” (Mark 8:22)
What did Jesus do?
“Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, ‘Can you see anything now?'” (Mark 8:23)
The man still couldn’t see very well so Jesus did something else. What was it?
“Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.” (Mark 8:25)
This man went from a blind beggar to a man who could see everything clearly. Obviously we are not all physically blind. But we are often blind to see what Jesus is doing all around us in His kingdom. We can’t see our part and don’t rejoice in the wonderful partnership we have with Jesus.
Ask your children what things Jesus may have been opening their eyes to? Remind them that He might use a bit of mud or a touch with His hands to help them see. It could be some small thing that happens to us that opens up our eyes. If they can’t think of anything, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to open up your eyes today to what Jesus is doing and what part you have to play in that.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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