I'm trying something new this Lent. My goal is to find a simple way to talk about living our faith with my children on a daily basis, outside of our (more) formal studies of Scripture and Catechism. This series is based on the questions Jesus asks within the Gospel of Matthew. I am brainstorming here some ways to discuss these passages with each of my children and am sharing with you in hopes that you and your children might be blessed by daily faith sharing. If you try this with your children, I would love to hear about your conversations in the comments!
Focus ~ Perhaps Jesus is speaking here to our generation, as well. Most people today are continually tempted to selfishness. We want everyone to look at us and see what we do. We want others to be happy when we are happy and sad when we are sad. But, Jesus wants us to not look primarily to other people to rejoice or find sympathy. We are first to look to Him.To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.' ~ Matthew 11:16-17
Littles ~ Name something that makes you happy. Do you think that makes God happy, too? Who else is happy with you about that?
Middles ~ Name something that makes you sad. Do you think that makes God sad, too? Who else is sad with you about that?
Bigs ~ Can you give an example of a time you felt especially happy or sad and shared that feeling with God? Did you share it with other people, too?
Moms ~ Tell about a time you felt especially happy or sad and shared that with God and other people.