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, as we study our Bible story today, help us to remember that you are with us always, and because of that, we have nothing to fear.  In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen.

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

John 20:24-25
Although Thomas the Twin was one of the twelve disciples, he wasn’t with the others when Jesus appeared to them. So they told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But Thomas said, “First, I must see the nail scars in his hands and touch them with my finger. I must put my hand where the spear went into his side. I won’t believe unless I do this!” (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think Thomas didn't believe his friends when they told him they had seen Jesus?

Child: Have you ever thought someone was lying to you, and later found out they were telling the truth? What happened?

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

Lord, we don't always believe the things we hear, even though there are times when we really should. Help us to believe in Jesus and the truth of your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord guide you each day! 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.

Almighty God, We know that you are right beside us and we can rely on you. So we ask that you would help us to trust in you, and that we may see you in our daily lives. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 24:13-18
That same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to the village of Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. As they were talking and thinking about what had happened, Jesus came near and started walking along beside them. But they did not know who he was. Jesus asked them, “What were you talking about as you walked along?” The two of them stood there looking sad and gloomy. Then the one named Cleopas asked Jesus, “Are you the only person from Jerusalem who didn’t know what was happening there these last few days?” (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think Cleopas and his friend felt as they were walking? Why is it good to talk to someone else when you feel bad?

Child: Why didn't Jesus just tell them who he was right away? How did this get them to reveal their honest feelings?

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

Lord, we don't always understand everything that happens in our lives. We need you to help us notice the ways in which you are acting all around us, so that we can grow in faith and devotion to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord give you understanding and guidance each day! 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 ask that you be with us today and guide us as we read our Bible story. Help us to see that no matter what happens in life, we can trust you to be with us and to never let us go. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 20:11-13
Mary Magdalene stood crying outside the tomb. She was still weeping, when she stooped down and saw two angels inside. They were dressed in white and were sitting where Jesus' body had been. One was at the head and the other was at the foot. The angels asked Mary, “Why are you crying?” She answered, “They have taken away my Lord’s body! I don’t know where they have put him.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Why was Mary Magdalene crying? What do you think was going through her mind as she stood outside the tomb?

Child: What do you do when you are sad? How does your faith help you face upsetting things?

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

Heavenly Father, sometimes we go through hard times and are filled with sadness. You understand this, and you work to help us through it. Thank you for comforting us when we face sorrow, and for loving us enough to send your Son into the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God comfort you when you are sad. 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, life can be hard at times. But you never leave us on our own. Thank you for guiding us and helping us when we face challenges. Open our hearts and minds today, so that we may learn from our Bible story as we study it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:13-17
Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people. He told them, “You brought Jesus to me and said he was a troublemaker. But I have questioned him here in front of you, and I have not found him guilty of anything that you say he has done. Herod didn’t find him guilty either and sent him back. This man doesn’t deserve to be put to death! I will just have him beaten with a whip and set free.” (CEV)

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

Child: Pilate and Herod found Jesus innocent, but the people demanded that he be put to death. If you were one of the rulers, what would you have done in this situation?

Child: Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? How did you handle that?

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

Heavenly Father, it must have been so hard to see your Son judged unfairly. But Jesus knew who he was, and so he was able to face his trials bravely. Help us to have courage in our own struggles, and to remember that we belong to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that you are God’s beloved child! 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 work through our Bible story today help us to see how much Jesus gave for us. Draw us closer to you as we study, and strengthen our faith every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:14-16
When the time came for Jesus and the apostles to eat, he said to them, “I have very much wanted to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer. I tell you that I will not eat another Passover meal until it is finally eaten in God’s kingdom.” (CEV)

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

Child: Jesus wanted to eat with his friends before he faced a very hard time. How can being with other people bring us comfort when we are struggling or afraid?

Child: If you knew that a meal might be your last, how would you feel as you ate it? What do you think helped Jesus stay calm during his last supper?

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

Heavenly Father, we can hardly imagine what Jesus must have felt during his last days on earth. But we know that he looked to you for strength, and that he faced his trials bravely. Help us to remember to do the same, no matter what challenges come our way. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you look to God for 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, be present today as we discuss our Bible story. Help us to learn from it, and to become people who listen to Jesus as the disciples did. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 19:28-31
Jesus told [two of his disciples], “Go into the next village, where you will find a young donkey that has never been ridden. Untie the donkey and bring it here. If anyone asks why you are doing that, just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” They went off and found everything just as Jesus had said. While they were untying the donkey, its owners asked, “Why are you doing that?” They answered, “The Lord needs it.” Then they led the donkey to Jesus. They put some of their clothes on its back and helped Jesus get on. (CEV)

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

Child: The donkey’s owners let the disciples borrow their animal. Would you have a hard time letting a stranger use your car or bike? Why do you think they did it in this case?

Child: When has it been difficult for you to trust God? Are you willing to serve and obey God -- even if you don’t always know the reason why?

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

Heavenly Father, we want to serve you with everything we have. Show us how best to do this, just as you did for the owners of that donkey so long ago. Lead us to be obedient, and help us do what you want us to do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord with all your heart! 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 Holy Spirit inspire us now, as we turn again to our Bible story. Help us to learn from Martha, Mary and Lazarus, our ancestors in faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 12:1-3
Six days before Passover Jesus went back to Bethany, where he had raised Lazarus from death. A meal had been prepared for Jesus. Martha was doing the serving, and Lazarus himself was there. Mary took a very expensive bottle of perfume and poured it on Jesus' feet. She wiped them with her hair, and the sweet smell of the perfume filled the house. (CEV)

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

Child: If you were Lazarus, and had been raised from the dead by Jesus, would you live your life any differently afterwards? How might a second chance at life change the way you looked at things?

Child: Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus treated Jesus very well when he visited them. What are some special things our family does to make a guest feel welcome?

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

Heavenly Father, sometimes we feel too busy to host people. Yet even Jesus was a guest at times. Help us to remember this, and to treat any visitors who come our way with true hospitality. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you welcome visitors and help them feel at home! Amen.