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.

Almighty God, thank you for this quiet time together. As we study our Bible story now, be present with us. Help us to learn from your Word and to become the kind of people you want us to be. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Luke 6: 27-31
[Jesus said] This is what I say to all who will listen to me: Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, don’t stop that person from slapping you on the other cheek. If someone wants to take your coat, don’t try to keep back your shirt. Give to everyone who asks and don’t ask people to return what they have taken from you. Treat others just as you want to be treated. (CEV)

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

Child: How would you like people to treat you? Why?

Child: How does Jesus want us to treat others? When might this be hard to do?

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

Lord, life can be hard sometimes. When people are mean to us, it’s not easy to be kind in return. Give us patience, and help us to treat others the way we would want them to treat us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God bless you and give you strength. 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, today as we study our Bible story, teach us to trust Jesus like Mary did. Be with us now, and inspire us as 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 2:1-5
Three days later Mary, the mother of Jesus, was at a wedding feast in the village of Cana in Galilee.  Jesus and his disciples had also been invited and were there. When the wine was all gone, Mary said to Jesus, “They don’t have any more wine.” Jesus replied, “Mother, my time hasn’t yet come: You must not tell me what to do.” Mary then said to the servants, “Do whatever Jesus tells you to do.” (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever hosted a big event and run short on food or drinks? How would you solve a problem like that?

Child: Mary was telling Jesus what to do and when to do it. Have you ever prayed and expected God to fix a situation immediately? How did you learn to trust God’s timing?

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

Heavenly Father, when things don’t go our way, we can get impatient and upset. Help us to recognize that you are in control, that you are kind, and that your timing is perfect. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust in God’s perfect timing! 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, stir up your Holy Spirit in us today, so that as we read your Word, we may grow to love you more! Draw us ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 19:1-4
Jesus was going through Jericho, where a man named Zacchaeus lived. He was in charge of collecting taxes and was very rich. Jesus was heading his way, and Zacchaeus wanted to see what he was like. But Zacchaeus was a short man and could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree. (CEV)

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

Child: What are “taxes?” Why do you think people in Jesus’ time disliked tax collectors?

Child: Have you ever had trouble seeing over a crowd? When? What did you do about it?

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

Heavenly Father, you look out at your people, and you see where we suffer and are weak. Thank you for helping us in our struggles and for caring about us as you did for Zacchaeus. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you always look to 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, stir up your Holy Spirit in us as we study your Word today. Lead us, guide us, and help us to grow into the people you want us to be. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 4: 18-20
While Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers. One was Simon, also known as Peter, and the other was Andrew. They were fishermen, and they were casting their net into the lake. Jesus said to them, “Come with me! I will teach you how to bring in people instead of fish.” Right then the two brothers dropped their nets and went with him. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever spent an entire day fishing? What was the best and worst part about that? What might it be like to fish as your day-to-day job?

Child: By dropping their nets and following Jesus, what hardships do you think the fishermen would have faced? Do you think friends and family understood their decision? Why or why not?

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

Heavenly Father, sometimes people don’t understand why we follow Jesus. They may not know why we make certain decisions, and might even tease us for our faith. Help us to be brave, anyway, like those fishermen from long ago. Make us strong. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be strong in your 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, 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.