by Lori Robinson

Categories: Children's Ministry

The week of January 14th – During the month of January, your family will focus on the virtue of commitment. Each week you will gather together and reflect on the nature of commitment and what you feel committed to. Find a time this week to gather as a family, say a prayer, read or listen to a prompt, respond as a family to what you have heard and then act on the suggestion for the week.


January Virtue                  Commitment: making a plan and putting it into practice

What is a virtue?             A virtue is something that God does in us to change the world around us.

GATHER                               together in prayer

LISTEN                                  through scripture; readings; stories; music; videos 

RESPOND                            to what you have heard

ACT                                          in service to what God is calling you to



Gather together as a family and pray this prayer:

A Prayer of Self-Dedication

(The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer, page 832)

Almighty and eternal God,

So draw our hearts to you,

So guide our minds,

So fill our imaginations,

So control our wills,

That we may be wholly yours,

Utterly dedicated to you;

And then use us,

We pray,

As you will,

And always to your glory

And the welfare of your people,

Through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.


Listen to this Story Corps interview where Connie Alvarez interviews her mother, Blanca Alvarez about immigrating to the United States from Mexico (Icing on the Cake):                                                                                                                                                               


Blanca Alvarez and her husband committed themselves to providing their children with a better life. They worked multiple jobs, went to school as adults and made many sacrifices while raising their family.  They faced many struggles being in a new country, didn’t always have enough to eat and worked so much that they weren’t able always able to spend time with their children.

It would be hard to leave your home, your family, your friends, your way of life to go to a place where you knew no one, didn’t speak the language and didn’t have a job or a home. Why do you think Connie’s parents did this?  How did Blanca (the mother) feel about making this commitment?  How does her daughter, Connie, feel about the commitment her mother made?


Parents often make commitments because they want something better for their children. As a family talk about the commitments you as parents have made for the sake of your children.  And then talk about commitments that your parents (your children’s grandparents) made for you as you were growing up.  Ask your children to imagine what commitments they might make for the sake of their children in the future.


Food for Thought

Commitment is an act, not a word.  Jean-Paul Sartre

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.   St. Francis of Assisi

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.  Winston Churchill