Carry the Cross
- WEEK 5 -

Read and Reflect

Scripture Reading: John 11:1-41

Jesus raises his friend Lazarus from the dead, foreshadowing his own resurrection.

Reflection:

Before Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, he comforts Mary and Martha. Spend time praying for someone in your life who needs comfort, and reach out to remind them of the compassion and love of Christ.

Verse to Memorize

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11:25-26

Fundraising Activity

“Garments of Praise”

In the spirit of sacrifice, families will do some spring cleaning and sort through their closets. Have everyone identify a few items of clothing they are willing to part with, and then sell these items to a local consignment store. This activity teaches children to give selflessly. It also symbolizes the exchange of old things for brandnew garments of praise!

Fact and Prayer

An estimated 140 million children have lost one parent, and 15 million have lost both parents.

(UNICEF, 2017)

God, we come to you right now asking for protection for the millions of vulnerable children struggling to survive in the streets. Put a hedge of protection around them and keep them safe from exploitation and violence. Give them hope for the future and comfort in knowing that you will never leave or forsake them. We ask this in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.