Welcome Risen Jesus Offers Daily Reflections And Thoughts That Encourage Families To THINK, PRAY, ACT Based On Words From Scripture These Exercises Are Designed To Engage Your Household During The Lenten Season By Tying Scripture And Reflection To Your Daily Life With Each Passing Sunday, Your Family S Faith Will Grow Stronger, And The True Meaning Of This Season Will Be DiscoveredView Sample Pages Little reflections for each day of Lent, the Triduum and the Octave of Easter It gives some nice ideas on little ways to fast each day, making Lent very doable and tangible for children. This is the third book by Sarah A Reinhard that I have read and the second devotional And I must say it is a little gem Of the 6 devotionals I read this lent it was the only one that had daily readings for the octave of Easter Both this and the companion volume Welcome Baby Jesus Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families are amazing The of Sarah s work I read the impressed I become To be honest the kids loved both of these books so much I wish she had a set of them for Ordinary time The book is designed to help families prepare for Easter by focusing on the three pillars of Lent, prayer, fasting and almsgiving Each day contains a scripture quote, a reflection, an action for others a suggested fast for the day and then a prayer Because we read it in the evening the fast and action became a focus for the next day This year my children were ages 9, 8, and 5 over Lent and all three of them loved this book In fact there were a few nights where we had been out late and I wanted to double up the next day and they always clamoured to do the reading To the extent that twice we read them from my phone in the car on the way home instead of the ipad before bed.One of the greatest strengths of this book is that the devotions are easy enough for children to appreciate, reflect on, and apply and yet they are deep enough that in my mid forties I found them very moving Another example of the power in these devotions is a few times my children asked to go back and reread part or all of the reading from the night before so they could share how they applied it Here is a sample devotion MondayThird Week Of LentThink The Samaritan woman couldn t believe Jesus was being kind to her Not only was he a Jew, but she was probably an outcast, someone no one else liked.Jesus tells her that God loves her and that he has the authority to share that love with her If you knew who I was, you d be asking ME for a drink He uses the image of a drink to refer to the living water of his saving grace.He could be saying that to any one of us Imagine him standing in front of you, holding your face in his hands, and telling you what he tells the Samaritan woman.We re told that when we do something kind to the least of those among us especially the poor and the helpless we do it to and for Jesus.We often have an opportunity to be nice to people and to share God s love without saying a word Within our own family, especially, it s easy to forget that truly loving another is important and takes constant work.In our dealings with people other than our family, we should also be aware of how we can be like Jesus Is there someone with whom no one plays, a person who s mean to others or who seems lonely or sad What might you do to extend a kindness to that person Act Take a drink to someone today.Fast Instead of making a mess, clean one up.Pray Help me to show compassion and kindness to those around me today, Jesus.Give Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, Give me a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water John 4 10If you are looking for an amazing Lenten devotional for the whole family or children you love this is an excellent choice Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More and reviews of other books by Sarah Note This book is part of a series of reviews A Year of Reading Intention Catholic Reading
Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mother, and writer living in Ohio When her nose isn t stuck in a book, she writes at SnoringScholar.com in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot A convert to Catholicism, she s still learning what to do and when to do it, and she struggles like so many others with keeping sight of her faith in the midst of everyday life.
- 63 pages
- Welcome Risen Jesus
- Sarah A. Reinhard
- 13 November 2019 Sarah A. Reinhard