Jeremiah: Old Testament Heroes - 5 Minute Family Devotional
Read the Bible story here: Jeremiah 7:27-28
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Have you heard that Jeremiah is called “the weeping prophet”? He knew what was going to happen to the Israelites - that they would be taken away from their own land in exile - and it made him very sad. Jeremiah felt empathy and compassion. Those are two BIG words! Have you ever felt someone else’s pain, when a friend or family member is sad?
Empathy may seem like a BIG concept for your elementary-schoolers. However, Parents Magazine notes that around age 4 kids start to wonder about other people’s feelings. This article in Parents shares 11 tips for raising compassionate kids:
Check out a helpful blog from our sister site What’s in the Bible? on raising kind and empathetic kids.
Here are a few ideas for praying together as a family! Prayer is an important part of our life with God, and these questions are a great place to start developing a rhythm of prayer in your family.
- Have a quiet moment and remember that God is there with you!
- Look back over what happened today – where were you? Home? School? Church?
- What were the high points of your day? What made you happy today? Did you make someone else happy today? Talk to God and thank him for those things!
- What were the low points of your day? Did anything make you sad? Did you make anyone sad? Remember that God loves you very much and you are so important to God and nothing changes that but you can talk to God about those things.
- Think about tomorrow – Ask God to be with your family into the next day and to help you know that he is with you in all things.