Lent has become one of my most anticipated seasons. When you spend weeks preparing your heart and mind and soul to relive the death and resurrection of Jesus, Easter isn’t just one special Sunday that goes as quickly as it came anymore! It becomes an entire season in which we focus on REPENTANCE (not just the forgiveness of our sins, but a changing of directions; allowing God to change our thinking, actions, attitudes…), SORROW (not just the deep sorrow of Christ’s death on the cross for us but the journey toward Jerusalem, the foreboding days before the Last Supper, and the sorrow we all experience), and YEARNING (not just a yearning for change but for the liberation that comes in both the birth and resurrection of Christ!).
So, what better time than during this season of intentional focus is there to teach our kids the prayer the Lord has asked us to pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Will you join us?
This will be our fourth Lenten season during which we will commit to learning The Lord’s Prayer in Bright Beginnings. It is such a joy to watch our children put this prayer into their hearts and know that it will stay with them into adulthood. On the back is the breakdown of when we will be learning each part of the prayer. Hang this in a central location in your home and commit to helping your child learn this prayer over Lent!
Week of February 10th: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Week of February 17h: 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Week of February 24th: 11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Week of March 2nd: And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
Week of March 9th: 13 Lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
Week of March 16th: For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
If your child already knows The Lord’s Prayer, that is wonderful! Spend some time each week praying the prayer together and talking about what each part means as we learn it in Bright Beginnings. We will also be learning The Lord’s Prayer in sign language again this year to help our little ones remember the words. Check out this video to see the signs we’ll be learning so that you can practice at home!