FAMILY FAITH AT HOME 2/25/18

by Lori Robinson

Categories: Children's Ministry

The week of February 25th – During the month of February, your family will focus on the virtue of kindness. Each week you will gather together and reflect on God’s kindness and the ways you can be kind to yourself and to others. 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.

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February Virtue               Kindness: showing others they are valuable by how you treat them

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

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GATHER

Gather together as a family and pray this prayer:

Gracious God,

Give us a passion

for being kind

towards ourselves,

towards others,

and towards all of your creation.

Be with us,

we pray,

and help us to be ever mindful

that our acts of kindness

– no matter how small –

spread your love

in the world. Amen.

LISTEN                                                                                  

Have one person in your family read Matthew 5:43-48. This Bible passage can be found online at Bible Gateway via this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A43-48&version=NRSV

Then watch the YouTube video entitled “Love Your Enemies” via this link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvh9YJmKZQ4

RESPOND

Kindness can be both easy and hard. It’s easy to be kind to people who are kind to us.  It can be gratifying to be kind to people we know who are sick or sad or lonely.  But what about being kind to people who aren’t kind to us?  How can we be kind to people we don’t like? Is it possible to be kind to people we might even hate?  In today’s Bible reading, Jesus challenges us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.  And that can be hard.  How can we be kind when we don’t feel kindness towards another?  Is it okay to be kind to some people and not to others?  What are some ways you can think of to try to be kind when it is the most difficult?

ACT

This week have each member of your family think of a person or maybe a group of people that it is really hard for you to be kind to. Then every day this week commit to saying this prayer for the person or group:

Dear God:

Please be with (fill in the blank with the name of the person or group of people). May they have a good day and feel your love for them.   Amen.

At the end of the week, talk as a family about how it felt to say a prayer every day for this person/group. Has the act of wishing them well been hard? Did it get any easier as the week progressed? Did you notice any change in your attitude?  Could you try this prayer for another person or group of people you struggle to feel kindness for?

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Food for Thought

Love is understanding, redemptive goodwill for all men, so that you love everybody because God loves them. You refuse to do anything that will defeat an individual because you have agape (love) in your soul. And here you come to the point that you love the individual who does the evil deed while hating the deed that the person does. This is what Jesus means when he says, “Love your enemy.” This is the way to do it.  When the opportunity presents itself when you can defeat your enemy, you must not do it.   Martin Luther King Jr.