Ash Wednesday scriptures* O(bservations) & Q(uestions) & K(id)-F(riendly) W(ords) to explore - (L)ooking (F)or (C)hildren:
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
2:1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near- [the children were among those who experienced God's words of prophecy come to pass]
2:16 gather the people. Sanctify the congregation; assemble the aged; gather the children, even infants at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her canopy.
2:13 rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing. 2:14 Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him [this tells adults & children something about God. God doesn't get angry easily. This time He is. But maybe He will change His mind.]
2:17 Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep. Let them say, "Spare your people, O LORD, and do not make your heritage a mockery, a byword among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, 'Where is their God?'"
or Isaiah 58:1-12 This is about fasting. Children are among many of the people groups mentioned.
Ponder Psalm 51 from a parent's perpective, a child's perspective... Note the words children would be familiar with: clean, wash, blot out, hide
Be reconciled. Make up and be friends again. "no obstacle in anyone's way". Note qualities to grow.
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
activities Jesus tells us to do "in secret",
*If I forgot to tell you I'm using The Vanderbilt Divinity Library Revised Common Lectionary.
And as always to read the passage in context, read the whole chapter. Read the whole book, ha ha!