Knowing what’s right moves some kids to action

The source of spiritual strength for some children lies in their focus on right and wrong. For them, knowing what’s right moves them to action. Teachers and parents can teach them safe practices for speaking up, and how to involve responsible adults as they advocate for change.

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Main idea: When you feel angry or sad about a wrong being done, you get moving to change it.

Meditation: “Come back to your God. Act with love and justice, and always depend on him.” Hosea 12:6

Let’s talk: Describe a time when you stood up for truth and justice. What kind of courage did you show? In what ways did you sense God’s presence with you to help you?

Candles and rituals in a child’s life

When children connect with God, they are forging their bond with a primary caregiver. They are establishing a stable relationship to God and a secure attachment pattern with God.

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candles sacramentalSome children express their faith through a combination of sensory perception, rituals and images. Lacy Borgo, a Spiritual Director for children, says: “Communicate that you’re here to listen. When kids are silent, hold that silence open for them without filling it with your words.”

Main point: Some kids experience God when they see beauty in stained glass windows or when candles are lit or other ways that don’t use words. These images reflect your own inner beliefs of who God is.

Meditation: ”Be still, and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10

Let’s talk: How is God at work in what you’re looking at? What meaning does it hold for you?