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, we are reminded that Jesus did the work for us on the cross and His gifts to us are free.
Ask the children…
When the nation of Israel turned their backs on God, He removed Himself from their presence. Along with His presence went rainfall on their land, their crops failed and their livestock starved. How do you think they felt about what Isaiah was offering to them for free?
““Is anyone thirsty?
Come and drink—
even if you have no money!
Come, take your choice of wine or milk—
it’s all free!” (Isaiah 55:1)
All the blessings the nation of Israel desired for physical sustenance could be had if they would only turn back to God from their disobedience and worship of idols. In God’s presence their is abundance for every need.
In Jesus’ death and resurrection there is offered abundant life. He said, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10)
Ask your children if they are living a rich and satisfying life? Tell them that they can’t earn it, Christ gives it away for free. encourage them to embrace Jesus’ death and resurrection once again. Have them say out loud that they trust in what Jesus did for them on the cross, they accept Jesus’ free offer of forgiveness and a rich and satifying life. Encourage them to put their trust in Jesus today for what they just prayed. Talk about it around the dinner table or at bedtime and find out what Jesus did for them.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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