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 spent 40 days in the wilderness.
Ask the children…
Who led Jesus out into the wilderness? What does Jesus’ 40 day wilderness experience teach us about our own Lenten experience?
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.” (Matthew 4:1, 2)
The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. There Jesus learned the depth of obedience and dependence upon His Father. When we think about what we are giving up for Lent and how hard it is, we are reminded that we can only do it by relying on the Holy Spirit just like Jesus did. That is the way we are to live our whole lives.
Ask your children if they are having difficulty keeping their Lenten fast (whatever they are giving up for Lent)? Ask them how they think Jesus felt during his 40 days of complete fasting? Help them talk to God about how they feel and ask God for the strength to follow through and to grow deeper in their love for Jesus.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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