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
Psalm 31 is written by King David but it describes the darkest hours of Jesus as he considers those who are his enemies and even His friends who will turn away from Him. He is all alone. Where will Jesus turn?
Ask the children…
King David wrote this Psalm when he was being chased by Saul and being rejected by many of his friends. This Psalm also describes the future of another King, King Jesus, and the rejection He would face from friend and foe alike. How does Jesus describe His life?
“I have heard the many rumors about me,
and I am surrounded by terror.
My enemies conspire against me,
plotting to take my life.” (Psalm 31:13)
How does Jesus respond to the darkness of the world?
“But I am trusting you, O Lord,
saying, “You are my God!”
15 My future is in your hands.
Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.” (Psalm 31:14, 15)
Instead of dwelling on all the evil around Him and living in depression and despair, Jesus turns the situation over to His heavenly Father. He made the choice to place His mind and circumstances in the care of the One who unfailingly loved Him.
Ask your children if they have ever had a friend turn their back on them? Do they have any enemies who taunt or mistreat them? Have them reread these verses and give their circumstances to God the way that King David and Jesus did.
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