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 story, Jesus tells His weary followers that true rest can only be found in Him.
Ask the children…
What were the heavy burdens? What was the yoke that Jesus asked them to take up?
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’” (Matthew 11″28-30)
Jesus knew that his followers had been given a steady teaching diet of rules and a heavy load of guilt by the religious leaders of the day. This guilt and forced obedience was the heavy burden they bore.
Instead Jesus offered them His yoke, that is walking with Him like two oxen that are yoked together pulling a plow. It is the path of obedience to Christ. Only this obedience is not burdensome because His followers would be pulling with Christ.
That obedience is a joy and provides rest for our souls. It was what we were made to do by God and our souls know it.
Ask your children where they feel like they are pulling together with Christ and where they are not? For example, is going to school just a drudgery, or doing their chores because they are pulling alone? If we are doing these things with Christ then we can find joy in these things and can be peaceful in our hearts that we are walking with Jesus each day.
Find a picture of a yoke and have your children trace it. Have them draw or write down what things they want to give to Jesus that they want to do with Him rather than by themselves. Then pray and ask for Jesus to come and pull with them today.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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