Crossroads: Dear Parents

Dear Parents:

We hope you find this devotional guide to be a helpful resource for your family. These weekly devotions are designed to encourage family conversation as you share your life story, connect your story to a biblical story, and listen to the questions and thoughts of your children. In this way you can begin passing on your faith to your children, nurturing them as they grow in their faith.

You will find five sections in each of these devotions. One section is entitled “My Story.” In this section, we give you an example of a story that relates to the biblical story. You are welcome to use our stories, but it will be even more special for your family if you can use one of your own. Our stories are there to show you what type of story might be helpful with this passage.

Another section is entitled “Your Story.” In this section, we have provided you with a few prompts to help you find a story from your own life that fits with the Bible passage for that week. We know that some of these passages deal with difficult issues, so don’t feel pressured to share stories that make you feel uncomfortable. Be mindful when sharing your stories that younger children usually only need the gist of the story, whereas older children and youth may need more details to understand how your story relates to their lives. Our goal is for you and your family to see how your stories interact with the biblical story and for you to share your life stories with your children.

The third section is the “Bible Story.” We have given you the Scripture passage your family will be reading each week, and in some cases, we have also provided an interpretation of the passage. Feel free to use whatever Bible translation you prefer. Some popular and easy-to-understand translations include the New International Version (NIV), the New Living Translation (NLT), the Common English Bible (CEB), and the Message. The Message is written in everyday language and is more of a paraphrase of the Bible.

The fourth section contains several questions to give your children some space to share their stories and thoughts. These questions are offered to help connect your story and the Bible story to your children’s lives. Each set of questions also includes some sort of action for your family to take each week so that you can see the message of each story lived out in practical ways. Many of these actions are simple, but we hope they will have an influence on your family as you share these weekly devotions. The final section concludes with some specific ideas for prayer and action.

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to do these devotions. The key is for your family to spend time together with God. You will be passing on your faith story along the way.

Blessings,
Jessica Asbell, Minister to Children
Kevin Head, Minister to Young Families

”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you lie down and when you get up.”
—Deuteronomy 6: 5-7

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