It’s sometimes difficult during the Easter season to turn children’s focus from bunnies and eggs and candy to the biblical meaning of Easter. The Holy Week Devotional from What’s In the Bible? is an excellent way to focus your family on Christ and the importance of his death and resurrection. For a limited time, you can get the Holy Week Devotional free when you sign up for a subscription to JellyTelly!
This devotional has eight days of readings and a coloring page to go along with each day’s reading. Beginning with Palm Sunday and continuing through Easter Sunday, the guide has Scripture reading, a short devotional and a color page for each day. The Scripture reading comes from the Old or New Testament, reading about the prophecies of Christ and the actual events of Holy Week.
The devotionals themselves are written as an explanation of the Scripture for the day. At the end of each there is a suggestion of a prayer that goes along with the reading. And then there is a color sheet referenced. These color sheets are at the end of the Holy Week Devotional Guide and can be printed for your family’s use.
The guide is written for the whole family to enjoy. Young children will probably enjoy it more because the devotions are written simply for your children to understand. However, having the Scripture there to read can stimulate some discussion among the older family members as well as the family reads about the events of Holy Week and can talk about them. The coloring pages can hold the interest of the younger kids and give the kids something to hold on to to remember what was discussed.
Some of my favorite things about the Holy Week Devotional:
- I really like the use of Old Testament and New Testament Scripture. I think that reading and discussing both can help kids tie together the prophecies of Christ with the events of his death and resurrection.
- I like that we can use it for the whole family even though we have multiple ages. All of my kids are old enough to really have some good discussion. And, although the devotionals are written simply, they aren’t too childish to read together as a family.
- The devotionals do a good job of introducing the various days throughout the Holy Week leading up to Christ’s death. We can talk about Palm Sunday, Passover, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection.
- The coloring sheets for each day have either a Bible verse or a summary of what we read that day. I like this because my younger girls still enjoy coloring, and this can be a good reminder to them of what we talked about that day.
I think that this Holy Week devotional can be a great tool to guide our family through the Holy Week as we discuss Christ’s death and resurrection. Having a resource that is useful for the whole family and that help to focus my family on the meaning of Easter and Christ’s sacrifice for us is a blessing.
Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She was a school teacher in her former life and now loves homeschooling her children. Recently she began the adventure of homeschooling a high schooler. She loves reading and reviewing and blogging about life and homeschooling. You can visit her at As We Walk Along the Road.