Sunday 19th October
Younger Group with Karina
God gives us peace as we learn to trust Him with our worries. Prayer brings peace to our hearts, even if all our problems do not go away. Sometimes we forget to pray; we try to do things on our own and we worry.
In our story of Daniel we learned to be strong in prayer and love God personally. Daniel did not fear what people thought, nor did he try to impress them. Daniel prayed all the time about everything and he feared only God. (For He is bigger and more powerful than any trouble another person can make for us. That power is something to fear.) Daniel trusted and obeyed God in a strong and radical way. He may have ended up spending the night with a pit full of lions, but God closed their mouths so Daniel did not need to fear or worry.
God always answers prayer, but the answers vary: yes, no or wait. Sometimes we do not see our problems go away, but something still changes. God helps us to feel peace, to de-clutter the worry from our lives, and so we are free to do what God created us to do.
Older Group with Miriam
This week in Miriam's Group we talked a bit more about perfection, worth and self-image. We all have things we would love to be perfect at, and it can be very frustrating when we don't achieve that perfection, especially when everyone else around us looks like they're doing just fine! In today's age of Facebook and movies, that illusion of perfection is more prominent than ever.
But the truth is, even if we followed all the 10 Commandments and obeyed our parents and did all our homework perfectly, we wouldn't be perfect. And God doesn't love us just when we're perfect.
So this week we looked at how God sees us, and how we are God's beautifully and perfectly created beings, made in His image, even though we are sinful as well. Psalm 139:13-16 told us about God's love of us even before we were born, while Genesis 1:26-27, 31 helped us to remember that we ARE made in God's image and that He did a good job! And finally, Romans 8:35-39 reminded us that NOTHING can separate us from God's love, because:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
My favourite spot of the week's lesson was when we all stood in a circle and said the thing we would most like to be perfect at; and then we each in turn said that "Even if I never do ___ perfectly, I know that God still loves me." This week, DISCUSS with your child how even when they're not perfect, God and you will still love them! At this time of year, with exams coming up and high school looming for some of our students, it's important to be reminded that our identity should be found in God's love for us, even if we can't do things perfectly.
Blessings for a safe, happy and Spirit filled week. See you Sunday!
- Karina & Miriam