Lenten Meditations for Children: Jesus Suffers for Us

Another week of Lent has passed. We’ve had many chances to draw closer to Jesus. Have we taken the choices to do so? Or perhaps instead made choices which took us farther away? 

Jesus was betrayed by one of his own followers. Judas’ choice led Jesus to the road of Calvary.
Matthew 27:3-4 Then Judas, his betrayer, seeing that Jesus had been condemned, deeply regretted what he had done. He returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned in betraying innocent blood.”


MEDITATION: Before Dina, my older sister, got home from school today, I looked through her dresser drawers until I found where she hid her new perfume. Jasmine Promises. It smells great! She bought it with money she saved from babysitting jobs. It took almost three months for her to earn enough money. 
We share a bedroom, but Dina won’t share her new perfume with me. That’s not a very nice way to treat a sister. So I decided to try it out without her knowing. When she came home and sat down next to me at dinner, her big ol’ nose sniffed trouble fast.
“Have you been in my perfume?”
I shook my head so hard my pony tail flipped back and forth.
“You’re lying! I can smell it.” She bent over closer to me and sniffed some more. “That’s my Jasmine Promises!”
I shook my head again. “It was a scratch and sniff coupon in Mom’s fashion magazine. I didn’t touch your gross perfume.”
Dina huffed and rolled her eyes. I tried to take a bite of my mac and cheese, but it tasted gross now. 
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Have you caused someone hurt this week by your actions or words?
Or has someone else hurt you? Can you forgive her or him?
Jesus, help me make choices of love. Help me forgive anyone who has hurt me. And help me to be sorry for the times when I have hurt others. Thank You. Amen.

ACTIVITIES:
  1. Make a Lenten Cross poster for your family and place it in a central location. Help your children understand how Jesus died for our sins. Provide small pieces of paper which family members can use to pin or tape their sins onto the cross. (For more info on this activity, visit Fridge Art.)
  2. Celebrate loving acts done for family and friends during Lent. Place an empty Easter basket on the dining table with a pile of plastic grass beside it. For each good deed or prayer said for others, the family member can place some grass into the basket. Hopefully, by Easter Day there will be a big fluffy pile inside the basket on which to place Easter eggs.

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