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
Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection was the perfect time for these Good Friday and Easter events for all mankind. Jesus’ timing for every event in our lives is perfect.
Ask the children…
When Jesus found out about the sickness of His friend Lazarus, He remained where He was for a few more days knowing that Lazarus would die in the meantime. What does that tell us about Jesus’ way of viewing events in life compared to how we view them?
“When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days.” (John 11:17)
Martha was Lazarus’ sister. She was devastated over her brother’s death. What did she say to Jesus about His timing? Do you every struggle with Jesus’ timing?
“Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.'” (John 11:21)
What did Jesus assure Martha?
“Jesus told her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’” (John 11:23)
Jesus’ timing for getting involved in the events of our lives sometimes seems off. Just like Martha, we tell Jesus if He had showed up at a different time and gotten involved, things would be better. But Jesus has an even better plan in mind for Martha and for us. He wants us to learn to trust with our whole hearts in Him no matter how bad things look.
Ask your children what circumstance in their lives that they are waiting for Jesus’ to show up for? (Actually He is already there, we just don’t sense His presence) Pray with them for the faith to trust that He will intervene at just the right time.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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