Lent Devotions 2014: A Childlike Curiosity

See christ (2)Faith UMC Lenten Devotions March 30, 2014

A Childlike Curiosity

Written by Faith UMC’s Library Ministry Group

Scripture:  “Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ “   Matthew 19: 14

Reflection:  We have worked to make the library a welcoming place for both our adults and our children.  To keep our library current, we have been withdrawing out-of-date materials and offering them to the congregation at our annual Book Give – Away.  This has given people a chance to build their home libraries and through the generous donations we collect, we are able to purchase new books, both religious and secular.  We are always asking member to give us ideas of what books they would like to see in our library.  We have also received several gifts during this time: a colorful carpet for the Children’s Room, a revolving bookshelf for our Young Adult books, a book cart to store books about the current sermon topics for our members to study further, and a computer to store all the information about our collection.  We also have received many books from members as well as books from our UMW for their reading program.  Books are purchased to update areas where we are weak in subject areas and supplement the preschool and Sunday School/Small Group curriculums.  By doing these things we have seen increased circulation of all our materials and more members have been introduced to this wonderful resource.  We see members “Seeing Christ, Being Christ” throughout all these activities.

What resources have helped you grow closer to Christ?

In the last two years, we have introduced a preschool reading program where various members of our congregation volunteer to come in on Tuesday mornings to read aloud a story and share life experiences.  Our members touch about 20 children’s lives on a weekly basis showing them what it is like to live a Christ-like life.  It is always heart-warming to see those little children come in with excited looks in their eyes, asking questions, selecting books to borrow, and glowing as holidays approach.

In what ways do you model a Christ-like life for others?

May we all have the childlike curiosity of getting to know Christ and his teachings through stories so we can “See Christ Be Christ” in our daily lives.

In what ways has your childlike curiosity helped you to experience Seeing Christ Being Christ this Lent?

Prayer:  Heavenly Father,   We ask you to bless each of us with the awe and wonder of childhood.  Help us to feel anew your daily presence with praise and thanksgiving in our hearts.  In Christ’s name, Amen.

This Week’s Lenten Scripture Readings: Matthew 19:14, 1 Peter 2:2-3,  Matthew 18:1-6, Mark 10:13-16, Galatians 3:26-28, Matthew 6:5-13, Matthew 6:31-33

Prayer Focus: Ask God to help you experience God’s kingdom as a little child. Pray for the children, youth, and families of our congregation and community. Pray for those who struggle with literacy.

Family Connection:  Show Love to Others

Write each person in your family’s name at the top of a piece of paper. Under the name, put ways others in the family can show love to that person. During the week, ask each family member to do one thing for all others in the family from their lists.

 

Faith’s Christian Education & Spiritual Formation ministry team will provide a weekly devotion written by some of Faith’s ministry teams to guide us in reflecting how we are Seeing Christ and Being Christ as we walk with Jesus during the season of Lent.

Additional resources for Lent for individuals and for families are available in the literature racks in the Gathering area and outside the Family Life Center as well as in Faith’s Library & Media Center and on our website: http://faithum.weebly.com/lent.html

 

 

 

 

 

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Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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