Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Some Things are Inevitable

I'm willing to guess that, like me, you've found yourself saying (or at least thinking) something along these lines lately: "I can't believe it's already almost the end of August!"  Time certainly does fly when we're immersed in so many things.  That seems to be one of the inevitable truths in life.  Another of those inevitable truths is that change happens--sometimes carefully planned and at other times completely unexpected.

Regardless of how change happens, and whether or not that change is welcome (or not), it still entails a bit of rearranging or reordering of our daily routine, our expectations, and sometimes of our priorities.

With that, and being on the brink of another school year, in mind, when I came across this activity from Vibrant Faith, I wanted to pass it along.  It provides a great format for talking about change as a family and is also an important reminder that no matter what change we might  be facing, not only is God with us, our family is there to support us too.

Moving Forward With Change by Jolene Roehlkepartain

Activity Plan 
1. Say this prayer aloud to begin: 
God, remind us how you are always with us, no matter where we go. Amen.
2. Ask someone to read aloud Genesis 28:15:  
"Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
3. Talk about how God promises to be with us wherever we go.

4. As a family, talk about the types of changes you're facing at the moment: 
  • Going to a new school or child-care center
  • Starting a new school year with a different teacher and classmates
  • Physical growth spurts
  • Moving to a different home
  • A parent changing jobs
  • A change in a family member's health
  • A new family member or a new pet
  • The loss of a grandparent or other family member
  • Separation, divorce, or blending families
  • Another change
5. Give each family member a quarter. Have family members practice tossing the coin into the air, catching it, and placing it in his or her hand without looking at it, and then seeing whether the coin shows "heads" or "tails."

6. Have one family toss the coin into the air, catch it, and place it in his or her hand. If it shows "heads", have that person name one thing he or she is looking forward to (what's ahead) with the change. If it's "tails", have the person name one thing he or she is sad about the change (what's being left behind). If you have preschool children, have "heads" represent something that makes them happy about the change and have "tails" represent something that makes them sad or mad about the change.

7. Each family member takes a turn. Depending on the type of change you're facing, consider having family members repeat the process. Embrace each person's feelings about change. It's okay that some family members are more open to change while others are more resistant.

8. If your family is going through more than one change, repeat the game with a different change that your family is facing.

9. When you finish, have someone read aloud the scripture passage (Genesis 28:15) again. Remind family members that not only is God always with us but that family members are also there to support each other through change.

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