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, Jesus entered into a conversation with a Samaritan woman at a well and told her about living water.
Ask the children…
Why was it unusual that Jesus would ask this Samaritan woman for a drink?
“Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans.[b] She said to Jesus, ‘You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?’” (John 4:7, 9)
This was unusual because Jesus was a male Jew and Jews had nothing to do with Samaritans and men did not talk alone with women who were not their wives. Jesus broke both of these manmade rules in order to have a conversation with her.
What was this living water that Jesus was offering this woman?
“Jesus replied, ‘If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.’” (John 4:10)
This woman had come to draw water because she was thirsty. Physically she new she needed water. Jesus knew she needed spiritual nourishment more than physical. He offered Himself to her, a real relationship. He was the living water, the nourishing truth that would satisfy her thirsty soul.
Every person needs to be nourished daily by the living water of Jesus. Ask your children how they get nourished by Jesus daily? It could be by reading His word, talking to Him in prayer, worshipping Him, serving Him or talking about Him. Ask your children what happens when they don’t get nourished? Talk to Jesus and drink some of His living water.
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