Building Blocks of God’s Love for This Season of Lent and Beyond

by Kaye Swain

One of my grandchildren had a vignette with an angel a cross and the empty tombMy grandson and I were driving to his home the other day and listening to his Bible memory work, the 10 commandments, on a CD. When it was done, we started talking about the passage that tells us not to worship idols. I pointed out to him that even though we don't have little statues that we bow down to ("Like the golden calf, grandma," he asked. Isn't he SMART! Bragging grandma moment, here), we can still have idols – like a TV, Gameboy, Minecraft computer game, etc. He asked what we had to do to prevent that from happening. I suggested praying about it often, regularly "surrendering" all our favorite things – and ourselves – to God and asking Him to use us and them to bring glory to God. I was so blessed when he agreed with that. 

My grandson and I worked hard to get the wine and bread for the Last Supper vignette for our Lent and Easter activities

Then I asked him if he wanted to do our Easter Resurrection eggs again this year. I was afraid he'd say that he was too old for those, but he was actually quite excited. He loves the hiding of them, the finding, and the retelling of the Easter story. From there, we meandered into the idea of making Easter story "vignettes" on Minecraft. "What a grand idea!" I said. "And if you and your brothers do that, I'll take pictures of them and put them on my blog. That way we can share them with others. Wouldn't that be a great way of using Minecraft to share the story of Easter." 

As you can probably tell from the pictures I've used with this (the top picture is an angel, the cross and the empty tomb; the next picture is the last supper with a cup of wine and a loaf of bread), he LOVED that idea and so did his brothers. Now, Minecraft is NOT the best program for creating people, so we opted to just do scenes from the Passion Week AFTER the people had all left. Hopefully these give you a whisper of what is going on. Even more importantly, we had a delightful time working on these pictures (actually they did ALL the work while we reminded each other of the actual story events), and once again, the story of Jesus' supreme sacrifice for each one of us is becoming an important centerpiece in our Lent and Easter season – this time mixing hi tech with low tech.

And oh my, I had such a lovely follow-up to this conversation the next day in church, when the pastor shared the encouraging Bible verses in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15,

For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

I read that to my grandson but he didn't quite understand the New American Standard version. So I've added the Message version as well:

Christ's love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own. 

Then I shared with my grandkids that this is another encouraging reminder to live our lives fully surrendered to God during this season of Lent, as well as all year long. I added this passage to my cell phone, along with last week's Scripture, Ephesians 4:1-3.

Life so often speeds by too quickly. But tiny moments like these will, hopefully, be the building blocks that lead to lovely memories as well as leaving a sweet spiritual legacy of God's love in the hearts and minds of our children and grandchildren. (And lest you think my grandkids are perfect, they went from sweet peace to loud "sibling rivalry" ten minutes later. Sigh. Slowly but surely, and trusting in God, and one "building block" at a time, right? As Floss' "Pause in Lent" reminds me – I will "Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude…Fast from negatives; Feast on affirmatives…" Be sure to check all of the poem out – it's lovely! :) )

How about you? Do you have suggestions for other ways to share these vital truths with our grandkids of all ages during this season of Lent and Easter? We'd love to hear.

P.S. If you'd like more fun and creative ways to prepare for Easter with your grandkids, you might enjoy these past posts at SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation:

A Pause in Lent 2012 at SandwichINK will focus on encouraging Bible memory verses - meditations - and music for kids grand children and grandparents

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

Hip Homeschool Hop has great resources for grandparents and grandchildren - especially if you help with their homeschooling

Be blessed by words of Christian encouragement and inspiration for the Sandwich Generation at Faith-filled Friday

Such fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grandparents Say It Saturday Linky Party - Do Join in the fun

Spiritual Sundays are full of devotionals with encouraging Bible verses to bless the Sandwich Generation boomers and seniors busy caring for the elderly parents while babysitting grandchildren

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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1 Grandma Kc

I love your proud Grandma moment! And isn’t it wonderful when they want to do something you thing they might have outgrown or done often enough they don’t want to do it again — but they do!
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2 Janis Cox

Hi Kaye,
Thanks for your comment on He Cares for Us. I am sure your Grandkids will have lots of fun with the Goop. Also please check out my little book Tadeo Turtle – available at bookstores and online. It has activities in the back and a free curriculum available when you ask for it. It also has a lovely message for all ages.
Blessings,
Janis
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3 Lisa

Your grandson is indeed a thoughtful young boy, so your proud grandma moment was well warranted. I love the way you find so many ways to keep God’s word forefront in all you do with the grandchildren. You’re such an inspiration, Kaye, and I definitely don’t tell you that enough. Thank you for sharing.

And thank you for linking up to the GRAND Social! ♥
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4 Kaye Swain

You are such a sweet encouragement to me, Lisa. Thank you :) It’s a constant challenge and one I enjoy – and so vital for an eternity! :) Have a blessed and beautiful week!

5 Kaye Swain

Thanks for the heads up Janis. And you’re very welcome. :)

6 Kaye Swain

Amen, Grandma Kc. Especially since the “I’m too old” is a lot more common nowadays. I don’t know why it is, but children just seem to INSIST on getting older, thus making us older. :) :) :) Then again, that’s fun too! Have a lovely week! :)

7 Cynthia Banessa

Enjoyed reading your post!! We grannies have a work to do…when it comes to our grandchildren!!! Have a wonderful and blessed day! <3

8 Kaye Swain

You, too, Cynthia. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

9 Anne

Your grandson is a smart boy who pays good attention to what is important. What a wonderful post today. It is snowing like mad here. Blessings, Anne
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10 debra @ homespun

Proud Grandma moment is certainly deserved by smart grandson with a good memory! :)

11 Kaye Swain

:) Thanks Debra! :)

12 Kaye Swain

Hi Anne. Thank you :) You know, I never believed I would say this, but after a year of too little snow to kill the bugs and the allergens, I can honestly say I wish it was snowing like crazy here too :) Ah well, trusting God for this upcoming year – I hear there may be some wild weather to come. One thing is for sure, it’s never boring! :) Have a blessed and beautiful and WARM week! :)

13 Pamela

That’s a good grandma moment to brag about. I had my grands here today for Sunday dinner. I let their parents come, too. :-) I do thing we have a responsibility to the spiritual training of our grandchildren. I’m thankful mine have parents who take teaching them about God seriously, but there’s always reinforcing that we can do. Thank you for all these links!
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14 Kaye Swain

Absolutely, Pam! My grandkids are also blessed with parents who are Christians but what a joy to come alongside them to reinforce what they are learning from them and from school. Especially for those of us who are involved in quite a bit of babysitting. A sweet joy! :)

15 Connie

Love this post! My dad was a great one for finding and using those teachable moments. I mean too, but often get caught up i just the care giving part. Thanks for sharing with us :)
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