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 minded that Jesus will be coming back someday and bring with Him blessings for us and the land. Ezekiel gives us a picture of the future new earth that is free from the curse.
Ask the children…
What will the new earth look like compared to now?
“When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river. 8 Then he said to me, ‘This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea.[b] The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. 9 There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows.'” (Ezekiel 47:7, 8 )
Ever since the fall of Adam, there has been a curse on the earth due to man’s sin. When Christ returns, that curse will be lifted and all things that were dead or diseased will be made new. The Dead Sea will not be dead any more, even fish will be able to live there and the waters will become fresh.
This is a picture of the new life we have been given now with our sins washed away and the future life we will enjoy in heaven. God wants to encourage us now that even as we have made some sacrifices during Lent and sacrifices during this life, it will all be worth it in the end.
Ask your children what sacrifices they have had to make in order to succeed in something? Sports, school, learning an instrument, etc. Remind them that this Christitan life is like that. Our sacrifices will be rewarded with God’s blessings now and in the future. Thank God together for our gift of sacrifice and God’s gift of His blessings.
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