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 had gone up to pray and the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white and Moses and Elijah had appeared with Him.
Ask the children…
Why did Peter want to build a shelter? Why did God say what He did about Jesus?
“As Moses and Elijah were starting to leave, Peter, not even knowing what he was saying, blurted out, ‘Master, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials[f]—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ 34 But even as he was saying this, a cloud overshadowed them, and terror gripped them as the cloud covered them.35 Then a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen One.[g] Listen to him.’ 36 When the voice finished, Jesus was there alone. They didn’t tell anyone at that time what they had seen.” (Luke 9:33-35)
Jesus had brought His disciples up on the mountain to see who He really was, the Son of God, and as a result to trust and obey Him. Peter wanted to create a shrine to the event that undoubtedly people would come to and pay homage to the event. This is an act of religion not a relationship with God. God didn’t want a shrine, He wanted people to know His Son and to follow Him.
Ask your children in what ways do they do religious things and not focus on a relationship with Jesus? It could be going to church or reading their bibles or even praying if they are just activities and not done in relationship with Jesus. Lent is about renewing a relationship with Jesus. Pray with your children about deepening their relationship with Jesus.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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