For the week of 9/3/17 – During the month of September, your family is invited to focus on the virtue of friendship and to reflect on various aspects of what it means to be a friend to others. Find a time this week to gather as a family, say a prayer, listen to a prompt, respond as a family to what you have heard and then act on the suggestion for the week.
September virtue FRIENDSHIP: using your words and actions to show others you care.
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 & PRAY
Prayer for Friendship
You have blessed us, O God,
with the gift of friendship,
the bonding of persons
in a circle of love.
We thank you for such a blessing:
for friends who love us,
who share our sorrows,
who laugh with us in celebration,
who bear our pain,
who need us as we need them,
who weep as we weep,
who hold us when words fail,
and who give us the freedom
to be ourselves.
Bless our friends with health,
wholeness, life, and love. Amen.
(Adapted from “Prayers of Our Hearts in Word and Action” © 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson)
In the Bible, read Ruth 1:1-17
Online scripture link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ruth+1%3A1-17&version=MSG
Ruth refused to let Naomi travel to Bethlehem alone. Ruth left her family and everything she was familiar with behind in order to care for Naomi. That is quite friend! Who are your friends and what are some of the things you’ve done for each other?
As a family, make a list of each person’s friends. Have each family member select one friend and send a card to them thanking them for their friendship.
Food for Thought – Quotes about friendship
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. Albert Camus
Friendship consists of forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives. Alexander Dumas
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. William Shakespeare
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? Abraham Lincoln