Writing my little lent activity packet for my family has shown me that I need to immerse myself more in the earthly ministry of Jesus. So, that’s what I’m doing this lent. I’m just gonna sit down and read the gospels like it’s a book. It reads differently when you read it like a novel. I tend to be an Old Testament girl. I like the big picture. I like the story.
So, here is today’s lent activity for those of you following along. This morning I’m glad our God wants to be known and went to the trouble to write a whole book so that we have some tangible place to go to know him better.
3/1 Lent Week 2: The Boy Jesus in the Temple
Where to find it:
A Child’s First Bible: p.168
Jesus Storybook Bible: There is no story for Jesus in the temple, but great stories to show how God values little children are p.136 “A little servant girl and the proud general” and p.256 “The Friend of little children”
Bible: Luke 2:41-47
Today is the second Sunday of Lent. Today we read the story of Jesus when he was a boy. His parents took him to church just like your parents take you to church. One time on a trip his parents couldn’t find him for a whole day! They had to walk all the way back to Jerusalem to find him. And where did they find him? They found him in the church talking with the teachers. Everyone was astonished at how much a twelve-year-old could know about God and the Bible.
Lent box activity:
Have a family member place the token for week 2 in the sand. It can be a small piece of paper with a Bible verse written on it rolled up to look like a scroll. A good verse to write would be John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Do you have lots of questions about Jesus and God?
Where do you go to find out about God?
How old do you have to be to read the Bible?
How old were your parents when they began learning about Jesus?
From whom do you learn about Jesus and God?
What can we do to learn more about Jesus and God every day?
This week try a family devotional every day. Whether you read a small Bible story or a psalm at breakfast, or add a Bible time before bed. What changes occur in your family dynamic when a daily devotional time is added. If you already do a daily Bible time try adding a prayer time during or right before a very stressful part of your day.
Pray as a family:
“God of Knowledge we thank you that you want to be known. Thank you for your Word, the Bible, that we have a place to go to find answers to our questions and find out who you are. Thank you for our leaders and friends that teach us more about you. Help us understand the Bible better and help us want to read it more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”