Thursday: Compassion

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty Father, by your Word, open our eyes to the world around. Help us to see the place where our neighbors need our help. By your Holy Spirit, give us compassion to serve those in need, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Early to the tomb came Mary, to the place where Christ was buried.
     There she found the open tomb, but Jesus was not in that room.
She told the others then who came; running there, they saw the same.
     When they went home, Mary stayed, by the place where Christ had laid.
That was when the Lord appeared, she saw the one she held so dear.
     She told his friends all what he had said, that Christ was risen from the dead!

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: How was the appearance of Jesus to Mary a comfort to her?

Child: Can we pray right now for people we know in need comfort in their grief?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God we know that there are many in our world who are struggling with grief and uncertainty. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and use us to bring the good news of Jesus' resurrection life to our neighbors. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May the Lord be with you and help you to see the needs of others. Amen.