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 we remember that Jesus had a very special relationship with His Father.
Ask the children…
What did God say about Jesus and how He felt about Him?
“After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened[g] and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.'” (Matthew 3:16, 17)
Lent is about drawing closer to God through Jesus. A crucial gift we have been given is the gift of the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit that descended upon Jesus when He came up from the waters of baptism has been given to us. He offers this gift to each of us who receives Jesus so we too can have this wonderful relationship with God.
Ask your children how they think Jesus felt when He heard His Father speak about His love and joy for Jesus? How do they feel when they are praised by others? Do they realize that God feels the same way about them as He does about Jesus? Have them read verse 17 above and insert their own name. Have them thank God for loving them so much.
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