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 things do need to change in our lives in order to receive more of Jesus?
Ask the children…
In this passage, what did the Lord tell His people to do? How were they supposed to feel while doing this?
“That is why the Lord says,
“Turn to me now, while there is time.
Give me your hearts.
Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.” (Joel 2:12)
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 the people to repent. Repetance means to turn away from our disobience and turn back to God. It is done not just with our heads, but we do it with our hearts as we truly feel sorry that we have turned away from God and all the blessings He has for us.
What did God promise as a result?
“Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,
but tear your hearts instead.”
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He is eager to relent and not punish.” (Joel 2:13)
We have a wonderful God who is patient with us and always ready to forgive us and heal us with His love. That is the message of Easter. There is complete forgiveness in the cross and and a new way of life in the resurrection.
Share something you need to repent of? Ask your children if there is something they would like to repent of in their lives? Pray together and tell God what it is and ask for His forgiveness and for His strength to turn from that sin to a new way of life. Remind your children that when they same ‘amen’ that that word means ‘it is true’. Rejoice together that it is true that God has answered your prayers today.
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