Tuesday: Struggle

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.

Lord God, thank you for coming into our world, and for being present with us, even now. Guide us through your Word, and help us to remember what we learn. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. And with this Word, God created all things. Nothing was made without the Word. Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone. The light keeps shining in the dark, and darkness has never put it out. (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think Jesus’ life “gave light to everyone?” In what ways has Jesus made a difference in your life, or given you hope in hard times?

Child: Name as many kinds of light as you can. How do you put each one out? The light of Jesus can never be put out, not even by the darkness! How does knowing this give you courage?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to bring light into our world! Lead us through any dark times that we face, and help us to be brave. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you face any darkness with courage! Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

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.

Lord God, thank you for being with us, especially when things are changing and we feel confused. Be with us now as we study and learn more about your plan for the world. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Revelation 21:1-2
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. (CEV)

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

Child: The New Jerusalem was compared to a bride. How does a bride dress when she’s going to marry her husband? Why do you think she wears such special clothing for that day?

Child: How do you think people in a holy city might act? Would our cities today be better if everyone believed in God? Why or why not?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for always working to bring healing and hope to our world! Bless us as we go about our week, and keep our eyes focused on you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you know that good things are coming! Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

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.

Lord God, you are in control of all that happens on earth and in heaven. Help us to learn more about your power and might as we read your Word today. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Revelation 12: 7-9
A war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels were fighting against the dragon and its angels. But the dragon lost the battle. It and its angels were forced out of their places in heaven and were thrown down to the earth. Yes, that old snake and his angels were thrown out of heaven! That snake, who fools everyone on earth, is known as the devil and Satan. (CEV)

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

Child: Michael is one of God’s good angels. From these Bible verses, can you tell what job Michael has? Which army won the war in heaven?

Child: Have you ever stood up against someone who was lying or being mean? What happened?

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

Heavenly Father, we know that even when things look bleak and scary, you are watching over us. Thank you for your heavenly angels, and for all who fight on the side of good. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you stand up for what’s right and good! Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

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.

Lord God, you never leave us alone or without help. Be with us now, and teach us all that you would have us know. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Revelation 5:2-4
I saw a mighty angel ask with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” No one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or see inside it. I cried hard because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or see inside it. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean for someone to be “worthy?” Why was no one except the Lamb (Jesus) worthy to open the scroll? How is Jesus different from anyone else?

Child: John cried because he thought no one was worthy to open the scroll. Have you ever felt sad because of all the sin in our world? How does your faith in Jesus help you with this?

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

Heavenly Father, no matter what the future holds, we know that we can trust you. Help us to remember that always, especially when we are scared. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember your need for Jesus! Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

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.

Lord God, as we hear more about Paul and his adventures, teach us to listen well, and to be thankful for the many good things in our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 28:3-4
After Paul had gathered some wood and had put it on the fire, the heat caused a snake to crawl out, and it bit him on the hand. When the local people saw the snake hanging from Paul’s hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer! He didn’t drown in the sea, but the goddess of justice will kill him anyway.” (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think Paul was frightened when the snake bit him on the hand? Why or why not? What would you have done if you were him?

Child: People turned on Paul and said terrible things about him. What’s the best way to respond when people say bad things about you?

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

Heavenly Father, when times are tough, we know we can always turn to you. Thank you for being our dearest and best friend. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you face hard things with faith. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

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.

Lord God, open our ears to hear your Word, and our minds to understand it. Be with us now, and always. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 27:18-20
[Paul and several other prisoners were sailing on a ship with some sailors when a storm hit]. The storm was so fierce that the next day they threw some of the ship’s cargo overboard. Then on the third day, with their bare hands they threw overboard some of the ship’s gear. For several days we could not see either the sun or the stars. A strong wind kept blowing, and we finally gave up all hope of being saved. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think the sailors threw their cargo off the ship during the storm? Does that decision make sense to you? Why or why not?

Child: Why would it be important for sailors to be able to see the sun or the stars in Paul’s day? How would modern sailors handle that problem?

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

Heavenly Father, sometimes things seem dark all around us, and it is hard to imagine how we’ll find our way forward. But you are our guide, leading us every step of the way. Help us to remember that in hard times. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust God when you’re scared. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

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.

Lord God, you know us by name, and we belong to you. Let that good news soak into our hearts and minds today, and help us to remember it when we are feeling most alone. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 24:5-9
[A lawyer named Tertullus, and several other leaders, went to the governor to present a case against Paul]: “This man has been found to be a real pest and troublemaker for Jews all over the world. He is also a leader of a group called Nazarenes. When he tried to disgrace the temple, we arrested him. If you question him, you will find out for yourself that our charges are true.” The Jewish crowd spoke up and agreed with what Tertullus had said. (CEV)

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

Child: No matter where Paul went, he met people who were against him. Why do you think he chose to continue to work for Jesus? Would you have the courage to do that? Why or why not?

Child: As people who believe in Jesus, should we expect our lives always to be easy? Why or why not?

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

Heavenly Father, most of us would like a simple, stress-free life. But sometimes, serving you requires doing the hard things. Help us to remain faithful each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you serve God even when that’s hard to do. Amen.