This Lent we’re trying something new as a family. Today I’m going to get down a pie plate filled with sand that’s been sitting on top of my fridge and begin the Lenten journey at the beginning. To read my first post on Ash Wednesday you can go here. For those who are doing it with us, here is today’s activity. I’d love to hear how it goes!
2/22 Lent Week 1: The Nativity and God’s Rescue Plan
Where to find it:
A Child’s First Bible: p. 10 (Adam and Eve leave the garden) p.156 (Nativity)
Jesus Storybook Bible: p.184 “The Light of the Whole World”
Bible: John 1:1-14
Today is the first Sunday of Lent. Most things begin at the beginning. Jesus’ birth is the beginning. But there was another beginning, too. Jesus was there at the beginning of all beginnings when God created the world. And Jesus was there when Adam and Eve sinned and hid from God. They had to leave the garden. That’s when God began his rescue plan to get Adam and Eve and all their children back to him. And the plan began with Jesus becoming a little baby.
Lent box activity: Have a family member place the Christmas token in the sand, or take turns placing the token. It can be a single Christmas light, a small toy sheep, a star, or a tiny present.
How would you feel if you had to go back and be a baby again?
Why did Jesus decide to come to Earth as a baby?
Is there anyone we know who needs to hear about God’s rescue plan for them?
This week pray about the people in your lives that need to hear about Jesus. Have each family member write down the name of one person that they would like to tell about Jesus. Over the next six weeks pray for these people and for an opportunity to tell them about Jesus. Maybe even invite them to church on Easter.
Pray as a family:
“Father God, thank you for not letting us go. Thank you for not letting us live forever in our sin. Thank you for sending Jesus to rescue us. We pray for those in our lives that need to hear about the good news of Jesus’ coming. Help us to tell his rescue plan to all those who need to hear it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”