As an elementary teacher and father, I've always wanted a devotional that would intentionally guide kids through Lent and mark the days of Holy Week each year. After searching, I quickly realized that very few options existed, so I started writing. Two years later, I am excited to share my devotional The Gift of the Cross: Celebrating Christ Through Holy Week.
Published by Credo House Publishers, The Gift of the Cross guides classrooms and families through the stories leading up to Christ's death, His sacrifice on the cross, and His resurrection. Whether read during Holy Week, or once a week throughout Lent, all can reflect on the truth of God’s Word, wonder at His love, and remember and celebrate the gift of the cross.
I've also designed a companion set of wooden blocks called “Resurrection Blocks” to use with The Gift of the Cross. A new block is revealed daily and stacked on top of the others, ultimately constructing a wooden cross. This block set offers children a tactile experience and a memorable visual to carry with them.
The Resurrection Blocks are handcrafted in the U.S. by Worship Woodworks, the premier producer and distributor of children's wooden worship sets. They are available in two versions: a laser-engraved hardwood set ($63.00) and a brightly colored vinyl sticker set ($29.00). Both can be purchased through Worship Woodworks. The Gift of the Cross: Celebrating Christ through Holy Week is $10.00 and can be purchased directly from the author at www.brandonhelder.com or on Amazon.
This devotional is a great resource to share with the families of your congregation or to give as a Christmas gift to those you love. Discounted pricing is available for churches, schools, and nonprofits. To see the devotional for yourself, click here to view an introductory video or open the sample daily devotional attached to this post.
As we look forward to the coming Christ child of Advent, let’s not forget why he came. In the season of Lent ahead, remember to pause, to reflect on, and to celebrate Christ’s gift of love on the cross.
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.