How are you blessed? How are you a blessing to others?
Spirit Space is off to a wonderful start to the year with a focus on “blessings”. We are describing blessings as “acts of special kindness that help us to remember God’s love.” This is a great theme for the autumn season – the time when we experience the blessing of renewed friendships at school and at church after the summer apart – the time when we experience the blessing of being together for community events like the “Welcome Back BBQ” and family gatherings like Thanksgiving – and the time when we experience the blessing of God’s creation with the vibrant fall colours unfolding all around us and the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available for us to enjoy.
We have been using Godly Play once again to explore the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the blessing of family. We talked about the importance of family members helping each other and the children started to think, act out and write about ways that they can help out at home. We hope you have seen a few of these blessings at work in your own household!
The next week we explored the blessing of friendship using cooperative games to help us think about the characteristics of friendship.
In the weeks to come, we will be continue to explore the theme by learning more about the blessings from God that come to us through the sacrament of communion and the bounty of the autumn harvest.
To continue the conversation at home, your family might want to discuss the following questions:
- When have you felt blessed in your life? How did you feel at the time?
- How are you as a family connected to the church and the greater community in a positive way?
- What are some other ways that your family might strengthen your connection to the greater community?