Wednesday: Mercy

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.

Holy Father, you know what we need even before we do. Bless us with your Holy Spirit, that we may trust in what we have not seen, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” (Luke 20:26-27 ESV)

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

Child: What do you think Jesus meant when he said to the disciples, "Peace be with you?" How does knowing Jesus give us peace?

Child: When was a time that you needed to see something to believe it? Can we believe without seeing?

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

Lord God, you gave Thomas what he needed to believe that Jesus had been raised from the dead. Help us to believe even though we cannot see Jesus with our eyes. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit fill you with all joy and faith. Amen.