Family Lessons | Part Four

A Light to Find

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Objective

Here, you will begin to talk with your kids about their dirty hearts and their need for a Savior.

Introduction

When parents or grandparents sit with their children or grandchildren and talk with them about faith, seeds are being planted. This is how the faith is passed down from one generation to the next. Christian community, the Church, along with parental input are the primary ways those seeds are given the air, water, and light they need to develop and grow. Lessons like the one you are about to share with your child are a seed planted. 

Here you will discuss the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ with your child. These historical events are the keystone of the Christian faith. The beauty of children is that they can take this marvelous story at face value. As they mature, deeper questions will emerge. But being the ones who introduce this story to your children matters. 

When you begin to talk with your kids about their dirty hearts and their need for a Savior, they will certainly not understand the depth of what that means, or what it means to follow him. That’s ok. The gospel is a flower ever unfolding in beauty and significance–a perpetual “working out our salvation” and evidence of the Holy Spirit in us. 

Sitting with your children in worship sharing the mystery of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper Sunday after Sunday, year after year, is the great privilege of Christian parenting as we make disciples of our children. May God bless you in this most beautiful calling.

 

Read

Poem: A Light to Find

The first part of this lesson is a poem that tells the story of the crucifixion. It’s written from the perspective of a child to help your child picture Jesus’ love for them. Read it  s l o w l y . Allow them to interrupt with questions and observations.

Long ago the bright sky went grey,
Not in the night but in the day.

A small child wondered what went wrong,
The sun was there but then was gone. 

The child searched long – both high and low
To find the sun’s lost, missing glow. 

She saw a crowd all gathered ‘round,
And went to see what they had found. 

It did not glow and wasn’t bright.
What they had found was not the light. 

The crowd was there to see a man
With nails pressed through his feet and hands. 

And on his head a thorny crown,
But no one tried to get him down.

The small child thought this must be why
The sun went dark. She knelt and cried. 

But then he spoke to her surprise
And said, “Small child, please dry your eyes.” 

She asked, “Who nailed you to that tree?
Who could be so cruel and mean?” 

The man replied, “Child, worry none.
The light’s not gone, nor is the sun.” 

“Where did it go?” The child did ask.
“Who could hide a bright light so vast?” 

He said, “Child, look close. It’s right here!
It’s not far off it’s very near.” 

And then she saw it in his face.
The light was there within his gaze.

She begged, “Please sir, I want your light
To replace with day this darkened night.” 

“It is finished,” the man exclaimed,
“You have my light. Now know my name. 

“I am Jesus, God’s only son
And in my death your life’s begun.” 

With that he sighed and breathed his last
From him to her his light had passed. 

He shares it still, the light that shines.
It can be yours and can be mine. 

For though he died with all our sin,
Three days later he shined again. 

Would you receive his special light
And let his day replace your night?

Application

The second part of this lesson will involve helping your child write down some things they need forgiveness for – a confession of sin. One way to walk with them through this confession of sin is to model it for your children. Be prepared to share some sins that may be appropriate to confess in your own life. Perhaps sharing sins from your life when you were their age – a time you lied, or stole something, or said something hurtful. 

Provide an opportunity for your child to write or draw in their journal some of the sins they have identified. Then, help your child incorporate those things into a prayer of confession. This prayer is included below and also in your child’s worship journal. If your child can read, have them read the prayer aloud. If it would be easier, say a line and have your child repeat the line.

Pray

Dear Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.
Please forgive me for (list of sins).
Please come into my heart.
I want your light to replace my darkness.
Thank you for loving me so much.
Help me to love you more and more.
Amen.