FAMILY FAITH AT HOME 3/4/18

by Lori Robinson

Categories: Children's Ministry

The week of March 4th – During the month of March, your family will focus on the virtue of peace. Each week you will gather together and reflect on finding peace within yourself and showing peace in the world. 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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March Virtue                     Peace: Proving you care more about others by walking away from a fight.

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:

Prayer for Peace

O God,

It is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace.

Let the design of your great love

Shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows,

And give peace to your Church,

Peace among nations,

Peace in our homes,

And peace in our hearts;

Through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.   Amen.

(The Anglican Church of Canada, Book of Alternative Services, page 677)

LISTEN                                                                                

Have one person in your family read Genesis 27:1-41; 33:1-11 (Jacob steals Esau’s blessing). This Bible passage can be found online at Bible Gateway via this link:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+27%3A1-41%3B+33%3A1-11&version=NIV

RESPOND

The story of Esau and Jacob is the story of how one brother (Jacob) steals what rightfully belong to the other brother (Esau). It’s a familiar theme, isn’t it?  We can relate to the sense of outrage Esau felt when his brother wronged him.  No one wants something taken from them that they feel is rightfully theirs.  It isn’t fair.  We all get upset when someone does something or takes something from us.  In that moment, we have a choice to make.  We can choose to fight back.  We can also choose not to fight, to care more about the person than what they did.  That’s what Esau did.  He prepared for a fight.  But when he saw his brother, it became more important to repair the relationship than to get revenge.  This is one aspect of peace – caring more about others than about fighting.  Even if the fight seems justifiable. Is that easy?  Probably not.  But it’s what God desires for us – to be at peace with each other even when it’s hard.

ACT

As a family, talk about the times when there is disharmony with each other. Talk about the things you fight about.  Write some of the most important conflicts down.  Then brainstorm some ideas of how you could have make different choices in those situations.  What can you do differently the next time conflicts arise?  What can you do to show that you care about each other enough to walk away from a fight?

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Food for Thought

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. – Gandhi

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.   – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. Eleanor Roosevelt

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict — alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence. Dorothy Thompson