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 the way to get the closest to Jesus is to be like a child and to trust Him.
Ask the children…
What does this Psalm tell us about how we are to relate to God?
“Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,
like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.
Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.3 O Israel, put your hope in the Lord—
now and always.” (Psalm 131:2, 3)
A weaned child has so bonded with her mother that she has complete confidence that her mother will always provide for her needs. She will put her hope completely in her mom.
So we as God’s children are to put our complete confidence in Jesus. He has birthed us when we put our trust in His death and resurrection for us and fed us our spiritual nourishment when we were babes in our faith. Now we can go on trusting Him with all our lives.
Ask your children how it feels (felt) when they rest(ed) in their mother’s arms? Did they feel safe and at peace? Ask them how they can rest in Jesus arms by putting their trust in Him? What thing in their lives do they need to entrust to Jesus and stop worrying about? Have them imagine themselves resting in Jesus arms and then have them tell Jesus that they are entrusting this thing in His care.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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