Gather around the table or cozy up on the couch and read this week’s part of The Big God Story.
To end your time together, pray a blessing over your child. (You can use the one below or make up your own!)
The Big God Story:
One day Jesus was walking with two of his friends. He asked them to go and find a donkey in the town. What kind of sound does a donkey make? Invite your child to respond. A donkey says, “Hee-haw, hee-haw.” Let’s make that sound together. Make sounds like donkeys. Good job!
Jesus told his friends that if anyone asked why they were taking the donkey, they should tell them, “The Lord needs it.” Can you say that with me? On the count of three let’s say, “The Lord needs it.” One, two, three. “The Lord needs it.” Good job!
Well, Jesus’ friends, called his disciples, did what Jesus asked. They found a donkey and untied him. Some of the men in town asked, “Why are you taking that donkey?” What do you think the disciples told the men? Invite your child to respond. That’s right, they said, “The Lord needs it.” Did the disciples obey Jesus? Invite your child to respond. Yes, they did. Is it important to obey Jesus’ words? Invite your child to respond. It’s very important.
The disciples brought the donkey to Jesus and placed a coat on its back. Jesus got on the donkey and started riding into Jerusalem. Many of the people were excited that Jesus was coming into town. So they put their coats and palm branches on the ground in front of Jesus and the donkey.
The people were so excited to see Jesus that they began to shout praises to him. They shouted the word “Hosanna.” Can you say that word with me? Say “Hosanna” together. Now let’s shout it. Shout “Hosanna!” together. Wow, great job! This word was telling God that the people needed a king who could save them. Do you know who that king is? Invite your child to respond. It’s Jesus. Guess what? Jesus is our king too! That makes me so excited! I want to shout “Hosanna!” again. Let’s shout it out one more time. Shout “Hosanna!” together. Now let’s shout, “Jesus is king!” Shout “Jesus is king!” together.
Look your child in the eyes, say their name, and then speak this blessing to them: May you know that God loves you, that he’s always with you, and may you become all that he’s created you to be. May you love God with your whole heart for your whole life.