Family faith-sharing tip:
We’re surrounded every minute by signs of God’s love. Keep looking out for them, noticing them for yourself, and pointing them out to your children. The more we’re aware of His love for us, the easier it is to love Him, and, when our hearts are filled with His love, it’s easier to love those around us.
- Matthew 22:37-39
- The special secret to our happiness is learning how to live in the way Jesus taught us: loving God with everything we have, and loving other people as we love ourselves.
- Paper and pen
- A large jar or bowl
- Some little things that represent different aspects of God’s love: e.g., candle, battery, hand lotion, tissues, etc.
What you do:
- Read aloud Psalm 145 in a modern version of the Bible that your children can understand.
- Write a list of all the ways God loves us that are listed in this chapter.
- Then send everyone on a "treasure hunt" to look for at least two things that remind them of God's love in some way.
- Have each child "show and tell" what they chose and why.
- Leave the items on display, if possible, so you can think about what they help you to understand about God's love.
- Or make a "God's Love Jar" (or bowl or box), filling it with small symbols of His love. Open the container and look through it when you especially need to be reminded of His love.
- Perhaps you could make another "God's Love Jar" for someone else who needs encouragement.
- Pray a chain prayer together. Gather in a circle and praise God for His love.
- The first person says: “We praise you God for loving us by . . .” and then describing one way in which God loves us.
- The second person repeats what the first person said and adds another suggestion of his or her own.
- The third person begins with the starter phrase, repeats what the first and second person said, and then adds another suggestion, etc.
- Keep going around the circle, adding extra phrases to the chain, until you can’t think of any more ideas, or it becomes too difficult to remember all the phrases.
- Repeat the process, beginning a new chain with the starter phrase: “Please God, help us to love each other by . . .” and adding suggestions of different things we can do to show God’s love to each other.
- Close by thanking God for His wonderful love for us.