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 told His followers to do something that seemed totally radical.
Ask the children…
What did Jesus tell His followers to do?
“’But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.’” (Luke 6:27, 28 )
How radical is that, love your enemies! We want to get back at our enemies and make them pay for all the things they have done to us. But the Kingdom of God is always upside down to the world’s values. Jesus came to save us while we were His enemies. We were sinners and intent on obeying ourselves and not God. Jesus came and died for us because He loved us so much.
Ask your children what enemy they can begin praying for today? What can they pray for them? How can they love them like Jesus has loved us? Pray together for that person and ask the Holy Spirit for a plan for ‘operation loving my enemy’.
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