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 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 the Day of Easter begins to approach, what can we do prepare our hearts for it?
Ask the children…
Who all was being called together? What were they going to do together?
“Blow the ram’s horn in Jerusalem!
Announce a time of fasting;
call the people together
for a solemn meeting.
16 Gather all the people—
the elders, the children, and even the babies.
Call the bridegroom from his quarters
and the bride from her private room.” (Joel 2:15, 16)
In the time of the prophet Joel, the nation of Israel had turned away from the Lord. As a result the Lord had sent a devastating plague of locusts to eat all their food. Now God was calling all the people (young and old no matter what they were doing) to come together and to ask for God’s forgiveness and to repent and turn from their sins and back to God.
Lent is a time leading up to Easter where we as families can come together and take the time to examine our lives and turn away from any evil things. One way that God provides to remind us of this is what the Bible calls fasting.
Fasting can be not eating certain foods (Jesus completely fasted from food for 40 days in the wilderness – we don’t recommend this) or from certain activities. For example some choose not to eat sweets or desserts or some don’t eat after dinner or just eat certain foods on certain days. Others fast from certain activities like watching T.V. or surfing the web or staying up late. These are just examples.
Ask your family or individual family members what they would like to fast from for Lent?
Pray together and ask God for strength and love to follow through on this commitment and that it would truly remind each person of this Lenten season.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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