It would really help if I was looking at the right scriptures for the right year, wouldn't it... Year C 2/21/10
I'll try to remember to link these to the NIV Reader's Version to see what words they use instead of the ones in the lectionary. Not sure which translation they use in the lectionary.
I always used to read that "you" in verse 1 as an individual "you" not a collective, family & groups of families "you." Children are part of that collective "you"
Do you see the story?
Was the family involved in the work of the harvest? Was the family involved in the prep of the basket? Were children there?
• Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
to rest in someone's shadow and be kept safe
a safe place, a fort, trust
there are lots of pictures (the picture of God commanding the angels and what they do)
lots of pictures & promises in this Psalm although I'd probably skip the part about walking on the poisonous snakes...[afterthought: see what I just did? Is it wisdom or a profound lack of faith on my part? There are people out there who can probably tell you & and your children wild and wonderful stories about what God has done...]
• Romans 10:8b-13
the words that come out of my mouth & what I do with my heart
lots of references to OT texts
lots of promises
were children there to hear that letter to the Romans read to the first group of listeners?
• Luke 4:1-13
the story of Jesus being lead into the wilderness & tempted
How young would you tell this story? What parts?
In it's simplist form: After Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit lead him into the desert. For 40 days the devil tempted him. Jesus said no.
You could add. The devil knew the scriptures but Jesus knew them better.
You could add (for older kids) the devil wasn't done - for now. He'd be back...