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 lead us and guide us each day, just as you did for Jesus so long ago. Be present now, as we study our Bible story, and teach us how to face hard times with courage. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 4: 1-4
The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert, so that the devil could test him. After Jesus had gone without eating for forty days and nights, he was very hungry. Then the devil came to him and said, “If you are God’s Son, tell these stones to turn into bread.” Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say: ‘No one can live only on food. People need every word that God has spoken.’” (CEV)

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

Child: Does it surprise you that the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tested by the devil? Why or why not? How did this show God’s confidence in Jesus?

Child: Jesus went without eating for 40 days and nights while he was in the desert. If you had done that, how might you be feeling at the end of that time in body, mind and spirit?

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

Heavenly Father, it can be easy to think that when we are tested, we are on our own. But you know everything, and only allow what is good for us. Help us to trust you, and to believe that if you lead us to it, you will lead us through it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust that God’s will for you is 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 are with us, even when we struggle and have questions. Thank you for guiding us every day of our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 3:13-14
Jesus left Galilee and went to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John kept objecting and said, “I ought to be baptized by you. Why have you come to me?” (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever felt like God was asking you to do something you weren’t sure you wanted to do? When?

Child: Some people are baptized in rivers, and some are baptized at fonts in a church. Which was used when I was baptized? What did it look like?

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

Heavenly Father, many people have not heard of you, and therefore, have not received the gift of baptism. Help us to share our faith with others, so that they, too, might hear and believe. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust God’s plan for your life! 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, sometimes we have difficult decisions to make. But we know that you are always with us, helping and guiding us. Thank you for all that you do 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.

Matthew 2:7-8
Herod secretly called in the wise men and asked them when they had first seen the star. He told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, let me know. I want to go and worship him too.” (CEV)

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

Child: King Herod was jealous; he was not happy to hear that there was a new king born. Do you think he really wanted to worship baby Jesus, or was he lying?

Child: Why do you think Herod could not figure out where baby Jesus was located? Do you think God had something to do with this? Why or why not?

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

Heavenly Father, we need good rulers all over our world. Raise up leaders who want to serve you, and who will act justly, no matter where they live. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be brave in doing right! 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, we want to trust you and in your plans, but sometimes we worry and feel uncertain. Help us to believe your Word, and to live each day in faith. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 2:8-12
That night in the fields near Bethlehem some shepherds were guarding their sheep. All at once an angel came down to them from the Lord, and the brightness of the Lord’s glory flashed around them. The shepherds were frightened. But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, which will make everyone happy. This very day in King David’s hometown a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. You will know who he is, because you will find him dressed in baby clothes and lying on a bed of hay.” (CEV)

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

Child: What do you typically do when you are frightened, like the shepherds were? How does this help you?

Child: What do you think the “brightness of the Lord’s glory” might have looked like? How might that have changed the night sky (especially in a time before electricity)?

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

Heavenly Father, please be with all those who work at night, like the shepherds in today’s story. Keep them safe, and help them stay awake to do their jobs well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be filled with gladness, as the shepherds were! Amen.

TuesdayTuesday: 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 this day, and for being with us now as we study. We love you and are so grateful for the many ways you help your people. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 2:1-3
About that time Emperor Augustus gave orders for the names of all the people to be listed in record books. These first records were made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to go to their own hometown to be listed. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think the emperor wanted a list of everyone in his land? Do you think it is a good idea to count everyone? Why or why not?

Child: If you had to travel to your hometown to be counted, how far would that be? Would it be easy or difficult for you to leave everything and make that trip? Why?

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

Heavenly Father, please guide the leaders in our world so they make good decisions. We ask that you bless our nation, and help us to live in a way that pleases you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be strong and brave! 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, please guide us today, as we continue to study your Word. Help us to share the good news of Jesus with others, as Mary did. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 1:39-41
A short time later Mary hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea. She went into Zechariah’s home, where she greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, her baby moved within her. (CEV)

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

Child: Who are some of your relatives? Elizabeth was a relative of Mary. Why do relatives often get together on special occasions?

Child: Elizabeth’s baby moved within her when he heard Mary’s voice. Have you ever seen a baby move in its mother’s tummy? Have you ever felt it? What is that like?

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

Heavenly Father, no matter what is going on in the world, a baby is a sign of hope. Bless expectant mothers and newborns everywhere, and thank you for sending your own son into our world, to help and save us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you share the good news of Jesus with others! 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 sending messengers to bring good news into our world. Help us to listen to your Word, and hear it with open ears. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 1:26-29
One month later God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth in Galilee with a message for a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph from the family of King David. The angel greeted Mary and said, “You are truly blessed! The Lord is with you.” Mary was confused by the angel’s words and wondered what they meant. (CEV)

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

Child: How do you imagine Joseph felt when he heard what the angel told Mary? Do you think this was hard for him?

Child: What is it like to be engaged to marry someone, like Mary and Joseph were? Do you think challenges can draw a couple closer together? Why or why not?

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

Heavenly Father, even when we receive unexpected news, you are with us. May we believe this, and learn to walk forward in faith, as Mary and Joseph did so long ago. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be open to hearing God’s Word! Amen.