For these 40 days….


forty days

forty nights

a phrase thats heard more than once in the bible

some will translate it to mean just that exactly 40 days and 40 nights

when in reality it translates

to  “a very long time”

Forty Days search on Bible Gateway

references multiple passages in both the old and new testament that talk about something happening for 40 days and 40 nights

quite often its alone, in the wilderness or on a mountain with God

sacrificing food/water/comforts of life

in an effort to draw nearer to God and God’s love

God is here for eternity

before the beginning of there was God

and  God always will be

even after we have left our earthly bodies

how do we convey this importance to the children we teach?

how do we teach sacrifice to children

we start with

God giving his son as Savior to the world

but what can we do to make ourselves more open to God

what can we sacrifice

will we sacrifice

being judgmental?

will we sacrifice

needing to be first?

will we sacrifice

our desire to be right?

for these 40 days what will you sacrifice

I strongly recommend that you encourage your classes of any age


go beyond

go beyond

giving up candy

go beyond

giving up video games

go beyond

giving up meat

give them suggestions


give up arguing with their parents

give up fighting with their siblings

give up talking back

give up whining about homework

encourage them to give up something

that will not be easy to give up…

something they will have to think about

its not

too late

to give up something

that will help bring us closer to God.

it is not too late

to give up something that will prepare us to be a sanctuary for God




About ellasurreau

I am a first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.
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