Back in March, Dr. Eric Johnson, spoke to a group of parents in LaGrange, KY on what he called, Parent Theology. I’m really thankful for this message about resting in our perfection in Christ. Parents (and all Christians) need to hear the Bible’s refrain, “There is no condemnation” and “God is pleased with you in Christ” again and again. This gospel word helps us rest and not be consumed with our performance or the performance of our children.
Last Sunday, our Sojourn Kids’ God’s Story lesson was focused on Abraham, father of all true believers. At each service, one of our teachers dressed up like Abraham and told Abraham’s story from Genesis 17-18, 21. We closed out the class by having each “Father Abraham” lead the kids in singing “Father Abraham Had Many Sons.” If you haven’t already, ask your kids about Abraham. Talk to them about how God kept his promise to Abraham by saving all peoples through Jesus. Hope to see you again this week!
To best illustrate and symbolize each person’s personality in your family, have them each choose a living creature (lion, eagle, ox, gazelle, tiger, spider, dragonfly, etc.) or plant (sagebrush, daisy, heather, rose, oak tree, lily, wheat stalk, pine tree, apple tree, etc.) or some other object (lighthouse, book , rock, hammer, shield, electric guitar). In the same way, choose symbols in these categories that best represent your family as a whole. Research the meaning of your family name or your family heritage and try to represent it visually and symbolically.
Look up heraldry online, and design your own family coat of arms, or individual crests, that will incorporate the symbols you’ve chosen You can illustrate all this on posters, or make a family banner using cloth fragments or old sheets and towels.
**I [Jared] did this for a school project as a kid. My coat of arms included a Georgia Tech yellow jacket and our high school mascot. This can be a really fun and artistic family project.
From Mack Thomas, 99 Ways to Entertain Your Family for Free, (Waterbrook Press, 2009). To submit a Family Friday idea, write to firstname.lastname@example.org