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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 with us as we study today, and teach us all you would like us to know. Open our minds, so that we can learn from the Prodigal Son as we read our story now. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 15:11-14
Jesus also told them another story: Once a man had two sons. The younger son said to his father, “Give me my share of the property.” So the father divided his property between his two sons.  Not long after that, the younger son packed up everything he owned and left for a foreign country, where he wasted all his money in wild living. He had spent everything, when a bad famine spread through that whole land. Soon he had nothing to eat. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever wanted to escape from your normal routine and explore new places, like the younger son did? How did you handle that?

Child: Have you ever been truly hungry and had nothing to eat? What do you think that would feel like?

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

Heavenly Father, sometimes we are tempted to think only of ourselves, and of our own wants and desires. Help us to see the big picture, and to look to you for direction in all we do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you think of others, and not only of yourself! 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 today as we read your Word. Fill our hearts with kindness towards others, and with love for you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 10:30-32
As a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, robbers attacked him and grabbed everything he had. They beat him up and ran off, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road. But when he saw the man, he walked by on the other side. Later a temple helper came to the same place. But when he saw the man who had been beaten up, he also went by on the other side. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think the priest and the temple worker passed by the hurt man instead of helping him? Have you ever felt too rushed, or too afraid, to help someone else?

Child: Have you ever stopped to help a stranger? If so, what happened?

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

Heavenly Father, sometimes we see people who are suffering, and we don’t know what to do. Other times we simply feel too busy to see beyond our own needs. Please heal those who are hurting, and show us how we can best help them, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you help others where you can! 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, inspire us as we read our Bible story now, and give us true faith in Jesus, your Son. We know that every good thing comes from you, and are thankful that we can learn more about Jesus today. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 17:1-4
Six days later Jesus took Peter and the brothers James and John with him. They went up on a very high mountain where they could be alone. There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. All at once Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus. So Peter said to him, “Lord, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (CEV)

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

Child: Who is Moses? Who is Elijah? Where have we heard those names before?

Child: Peter was probably amazed and confused by all that was happening. Why do you think he said what he did?

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

Heavenly Father, you are a God of surprises. We can only imagine what it must have been like for the disciples to see Jesus transfigured so long ago. But we are glad that they described what they saw, so that we might know how powerful Jesus really is. Thank you for sending your Son to us! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you believe that Jesus is God’s Son! 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, 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, 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.