Lent Week 4: In the Desert…

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Happy and Holy fourth week of Lent to you. The Easter displays have appeared in the supermarket. Daylight savings time has made it feel more like summer. And the beautiful San Francisco spring has been kissing me pink this week. I am being peppered liberally with requests to begin purchasing the chocolates and bunnies we “need” whenever we see them. We’re getting close to Easter.

Here is this week’s Lent box activity for those of you following along with us.

The previous weeks can be found here:
Ash Wednesday
Week 1: Nativity
Week 2: Boy Jesus in the Temple
Week 3: Jesus’ Baptism

3/15 Lent Week 4: Temptation in the Desert

Where to find it:
A Child’s First Bible: There is no story of the temptation. You can read p. 10 (Adam and Eve)
Jesus Storybook Bible: p.208 “Let’s go!”
Bible: Matthew 4:1-11

Reading:
Today is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Today we read the lesson of the temptation of Jesus. Before he was even born as a human baby Jesus chose God’s plan. In the desert he was given more choices by the old enemy. Jesus could have chosen to be fed instead of hungry. Jesus could have chosen to have power instead of being obedient to God. He could have chosen to have all the riches and money of the world instead of the treasures of heaven. But Jesus chose God’s plan again and again. Jesus believed God.

Lent box activity:
Have a family member place the token for week 4 in the sand. It can be a stone or a small pebble from each family member to represent the stones in the desert.

Beginning questions:
Do you ever want to do something that you know is wrong or unhealthy?
Who can help you chose the right thing?

More questions:
Is it easier to give into temptation when you are hungry, feeling weak, tired, or scared?
Is God strong enough to help you make the right choice?

Family Question:
In what ways is your family choosing the riches of the world over the treasures of heaven?

Family Activity:
This week chose something that you usually spend money on, a class, a snack, a treat, or a dinner out. Then chose a charity or organization to donate that money to.

Family Prayer:
“Precious Jesus, you are our treasure and Earth has nothing we desire above you. We thank you for becoming human that you can understand the hunger of our bodies and the weakness of our spirits. Thank you for choosing God’s plan over and over again. Help us to choose God’s plan even when we feel scared or powerless. Help us to value the true and lasting things over the immediate and comfortable things. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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