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.

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, may your Word soak into our hearts and minds, so that we remember it when we are faced with hard choices. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 21:27-28
When the period of seven days for the ceremony was almost over, some of the Jewish people from Asia saw Paul in the temple. They got a large crowd together and started attacking him. They were shouting, “Friends, help us! This man goes around everywhere, saying bad things about our nation and about the Law of Moses and about this temple. He has even brought shame to this holy temple by bringing in Gentiles.” (CEV)

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

Child: Paul was being bullied by a crowd. Why do you think no one stood up for him? What might the people in the crowd have been feeling?

Child: Have you ever been bullied or seen someone else be bullied? When? What helped make that situation better?

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

Heavenly Father, sometimes others can be unkind. Sometimes we can be unkind, too. Turn our hearts towards you, so that we can be compassionate even when that’s hard to do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you treat others with kindness. 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, give us courage when we are faced with trials. Help us to learn from you today, and to lean on you always. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 20:8-9
In the upstairs room where we were meeting, there were a lot of lamps. A young man by the name of Eutychus was sitting on a window sill. While Paul was speaking, the young man got very sleepy. Finally, he went to sleep and fell three floors all the way down to the ground. When they picked him up, he was dead. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever seen an accident? What happened? Who were the helpers that God sent to the scene, and what did they do?

Child: It’s hard to see someone suffer, especially when their fate is out of our control. What can we do in these situations? How can that make a difference for them—and for us?

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

Heavenly Father, when we are shaken, remind us to look to you for strength and support. Help us to trust you in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you turn to God for comfort. 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 eyes, so that we may see what matters most in this life. Keep us focused on you. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 19:28-29
When the workers heard this, they got angry and started shouting, “Great is Artemis, the goddess of the Ephesians!” Soon the whole city was in a riot, and some men grabbed Gaius and Aristarchus, who had come from Macedonia with Paul. Then everyone in the crowd rushed to the place where the town meetings were held. (CEV)

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

Child: Artemis was a false Greek goddess, and the workers made silver statues of her. Why would Paul and his friends not have liked this?

Child: People started fighting because they didn’t like what Paul had to say. Has anyone ever gotten angry at you after you told the truth? What did you do?

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

Heavenly Father, we know that it is good to tell the truth. But sometimes, people don’t like to hear it. Help us to know when to be silent, but also when to speak. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you speak the truth in love. 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, our true strength comes from you, above all else. Help us to remember this promise always, especially when we feel alone in a crowd. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 18: 4-6
Every Sabbath, Paul went to the Jewish meeting place. He spoke to Jews and Gentiles and tried to win them over. But after Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, he spent all his time preaching to the Jews about Jesus the Messiah. Finally, they turned against him and insulted him. So he shook the dust from his clothes and told them, “Whatever happens to you will be your own fault! I am not to blame. From now on I am going to preach to the Gentiles.” (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to “insult” someone? Have you ever insulted anyone — or been insulted, yourself? How did you handle that?

Child: Why do you think Paul “shook the dust from his clothes”? What did that mean to him?

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

Heavenly Father, when people turn against us, we feel sad and left out. Remind us that even if that happens, you are always there for us. Thank you for being our truest friend. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you stand tall and strong in your faith. Amen.