101 Ways to Strengthen the Parent‐Child Connection
Devotions, Tips, and Activities
By Michael and Tiffany Ross
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
Have your child pick out his or her favorite doll or action figure. Join with your child as you both make up a big adventure for the toy. During the adventure, have your child be the toy’s protector. When danger threatens, have your child help the toy escape. Throw a big celebration when the toy arrives home safely. Now you can explain that this is the way God looks out for us.
Talk It Out
· Do you ask God for help when you are hurt?
· Does God enjoy taking care of you?
· Does God heal only our bodies? Does He heal our hearts, too?
Share the Gospel during today’s lesson. Explain that each of us has a condition inside that can separate us from God. It’s called sin. But we have the one and only cure, too: forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ. Read Mark 1:40–45, and then say this: “When the Great Physician reached out His hand and said, ‘I am willing,’ He was also talking to you and me. When that pitiful, struggling, dying man made his way to see the Holy One and said, ‘You can make me clean,’ how did Jesus respond? Was He grossed out? No. He did what only a Savior would do. He stretched out His hand and healed. He also stretches out His hand to you and me today. He loves us in spite of our sin. He wants to forgive us and cure us of our deadly disease—the disease of sin. ‘I am willing,’ He says. ‘Are you?’ ”
Talk to God
As you pray, encourage your child to (1) thank Jesus for good health and comfort when we are sick and (2) ask the Lord to take special care of your family.
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