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.
O God, you want the best for us, and you bless us every day. Be with us now, and help us to understand more about your Word. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: The Bible tells us that there will be a new heaven and a new earth one day. What do you imagine these places will be like? Describe that for us.
Child: Where is Jerusalem? Why do you think it’s called a holy city? What would you most like to see if you visited there?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, thank you for caring for your people. We look forward to the day when you make all things new! Please help us to be patient until that time. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words:
May you trust in God’s good plans! Amen.