The Garden Star (March 22)
Before your family devotional time, be sure you have a jar of olives or an olive branch. Hide the Secret Symbol (olive branch or jar of olives) in the Treasure Box.
Display the Seven Stars Poster and review what Lent is. Lent is the 40 days before Easter when we join believers all over the world in getting our hearts ready to celebrate Easter.
If family members have given up a favorite thing or started a new habit for Lent, share how it’s going. How has it helped your heart and mind to focus on Jesus and what He has done for us?
For Lent, you may have chosen to start a new habit, such as reading the Bible each day or choosing a special place and time for daily prayer. The word “lent” means spring, a time for new flowers to bloom and for gardens to grow. This week’s star is The Garden Star.
Child reveals the Secret Symbol (olive branch or jar of olives). This week’s secret symbol is a jar of olives (or olive branch). It stands for the olive trees that were growing in the garden where Jesus went to pray on the last night of His life. There, He took time to pray for us all. Hear how He prayed for us in the garden that night.
Child or parent reads John 17:24 from the Bible.
“Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world.”
When Jesus prayed in the garden, He prayed God’s will would be done and He prayed for His disciples and all who would we believe. That means He prayed for you, too!
Display the Lent Reminder. Join me in saying our Lent Reminder:
Talk About: Share your favorite places and times to pray. What does it mean to pray for God’s will to be done? Take time for each family member to pray. For those who are unsure or uncomfortable praying, ask them to share the name of someone for whom they would like to pray. Consider keeping a list of prayer requests and see what God will do!
Activity: Easter lilies
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