Sometimes we are in a position to help someone else. Sometimes we are the ones who need help. Just as we would appreciate it if someone reached out to help us, we need to reach out to help others. This is how community works! We are all members of God’s family and we all take care of each other.
Read today’s story in Luke 16:19-32 or in your SPARK Bible on p. 386. Talk about it using these prompts:
- I wonder how Lazarus felt when no one helped him
- I wonder why the rich man didn’t want to help
- I wonder if I ever feel better than someone else
- I wonder if other people ever feel better than me
- I wonder what Jesus wants me to learn from this story
With your family, act out the story. Take turns being the rich man and the poor man, Lazarus. How does acting it out change how you understand the story? Let this story affect your actions in the future: today, try to ask three people “How can I help?”
It is important that we be mindful of other people, especially those whom we easily forget! Think about people who don’t have a place to live. You might see them on street corners asking for help, or they may seek help at a local shelter. We can help them by donating items to shelters, or handing them out directly. To assemble your own “blessing bags” to keep in your cars, buy small personal hygiene items, non-perishable snacks, gift cards, etc. that can fit in a gallon zip-lock bag (see here for more info). Keep it in your car for an opportunity to hand it out! You can also check in at a local shelter to figure out what donations would be helpful. Click here to visit the website for Hope4Youth in Anoka!
Morning Stretch Prayer
(See images below for help!)
Good morning, God!
(Start with hands over your heart in prayer, then reach up to the sky)
Help me to serve you today.
(Fold forward and touch your toes)
Whether I feel as strong as a mountain
(walk hands forward to downward dog)
Or as small as a seed
(sit back into child’s pose)
Help me to keep my eyes on You.
(Laying flat on your belly, push your arms up and your head back: cobra pose)
You make me strong.
(back up to downward dog, then to standing)
Help me to love others
(right arm overhead, bend to the left)
As I love myself
(left arm overhead, bend to the right)
Because you so love the whole world
(arms spread open wide).
Amen. (Hands return to prayer over your heart).