Cross and Candle
The Fourth Commandment - God's No
In this lesson everyone in the family who's old enough should engage in some role playing or charades. If you think of roles to play ahead of time some simple props could be gathered but not necessary. Pair people up and assign roles (unknown to others) such as teacher/student, doctor/patient, sales clerk/customer, etc.
1. Gather with your children at the kitchen table or a coffee table.
2. Set up your cross and light your candle and say to the children: The Bible says that Jesus is the Light of the world.
3. Recite this litany with children echoing the words:
4. Introduce the concept of role playing to the children and assign (secretly) roles to two people. Those two individuals should act out the roles and see if others ca guess who they are. The children may also partner up with someone and select roles not assigned--of their own making.
5. After the fun tell children that God also has assigned roles (vocations) to each of us and we all have more than one. For example, mom is mom, cook, wife, teacher, or anh number of "hats she wears". Have the children name all the roles they have: son, brother, students, garbage remover, dog feeder, etc.
6. Remember that Gopd's most important role for children is to be son or daughter and to honor their father and mother.
7. Teach the Fourth Commandment: Honor your father and mother.
8. Now talk about how children honor their parents. What does it look like? (Remember that parents are still honoring their parents.)
9. Role play a child honoring his parents and then dishonoring them. (That could be interesting.) . What does each look like when it's acted out. Parents also must continue to honor their elderly parents. What does that look like?
Oh, blest the house, whate'er befall, Where Jesus Christ is all in all
A home that is not wholly His--How sad and poor and dark it is!
O, blest the parents who give heed Unto their children's foremost need
And weary not of care or cost. May none to them and heav'n be lost!
-LSB, 862:1 & 3
Prayer: Dear Redeemer, bless our house and make it yours. Strengthen parents and children to always love you and each other. Amen.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.