Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.
Discuss: What are your first thoughts when you hear the word “Lent”? What memories or associations do you have with this season?
Read: John 10.7-10:
So again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Wonder: What does it look like in your life to “come in and go out and find pasture”? What does that image evoke for you? What questions does it bring up?
Pray: Spend one minute (set a timer!) in silence, picturing the pasture God offers you. At the end of the minute, pray the 23rd psalm out loud (together, if you are with your family).
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen.