Parenting during Holy Week

 

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As a father of three, it is so easy to get caught up in the daily grind that it is easy to forget completely about the true beauty of Easter. Thankfully, Palm Sunday reminds us that Easter is coming. Every Palm Sunday since my children were born I ask myself, “How can I teach my children during this week the importance of Holy Week?”. So much happened in one week! How do I teach my children the depth of Easter?

66% of the Gospel of John focuses on the last week of Christ. Yet, as a family we seem to place more emphasis on Christmas than Easter. So I ask myself, “How can a family truly begin to grasp the obedience of Christ, the beauty of sins forgiven, the horror of the cross and the celebration of eternal life in one week?”

Here are some suggestions:

Read the Holy Week Narrative each day of the Holy Week:

Day 1 (Palm Sunday): Read Matthew 21:1-11.

Day 2: Read Matthew 21:12-20 and John 12:1-14.

Day 3: Read Matthew 21:20-27.

Day 4: Read Luke 22:1-6 and Mark 14:1-11.

Day 5 (Last Supper): Read John 19:1-16 and Isaiah 54:7.

Day 6 (Good Friday): Read Mark 14:53-15:41Isaiah 53:5-6, and 1 Peter 1:18-21.

Day 7: Read John 19:38-42 and Romans 6:22-23.

Day 8 (The Resurrection): Read Mark 16:1-7 and Matthew 28:1-20.

Another suggestion:

Thursday-watch the Seder meal explained from a Messianic Jew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBGz3k37kDE

Friday-attend a Good Friday Service

Sunday-Celebrate the Risen Savior in Church

Another suggestion:

Use Creation to the Cross Candles as an object lesson about the darkness sin brings and the light of Jesus.

(Please see PT for a copy of Creation to the Cross Pamphlet)

For those who attend Calvary Community Church, we will have several more resources at the Family Connect Table this weekend. Please stop by and I hope to see you!

Pastor Tim

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