Today(4.6.09) marks the beginning of Holy Week, which is the week before Easter. I decided years ago that we would use this week to closely examine the last week of Jesus life on Earth & the reasons for his coming. It has proven to be a wonderful time together as a family every year.
We use this Easter Study as a guide. Sometimes we add a little to it & other times we don't do what it says, only read the scriptures. There are suggested activities to do with your children & lots of links to help you dive a little deeper.
We read together as a family the Gospel account of the last days of Jesus. We let the older kids take turns reading & sometimes my husband will read it. But, letting your children read will keep them involved and focused.
After we read the scriptures we discuss to make sure they understand what just happened. Then we let the kids(my younger ones) do something to help them remember what we discussed. Many times this is acting out the passage. Mom or Dad will read as narrator as the kids act out what is going on.
The last part of our time together is focused on application. How can we apply what we have just read to our lives today? What can we learn from Jesus life or the actions of others that can cause us to love God more?
Today's reading takes you to the Temple where Jesus drives out the sellers. They were making a profit off of Passover. What can we learn from this? He tells them, "My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers."(Luke 19:46) I grew up thinking that this was only speaking of the church building, but now I believe that it is more than that. Discuss with your children what we let into our homes that could make our home into a "den of robbers". What takes us away from His Truth of mercy & grace? What about your heart & mind? What do you let into your heart & mind that draws you away from the Lord?
Read Philippians 4:8 together.
Other neat resources to use this week:
The Children's Story Book, by Catherine Vos ~ A Bible for children, written as if told by a mother to her children. Very accurate to scripture.
Suddenly One Morning, by Chuck Swindoll ~ Awesome read!!