Theme: Life’s Challenges (and Scary Things!)
Malachi 3: 19-20
“For the day is coming … for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.”
Luke 21: 5-19
“By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
Last week we talked about the different ways the young woman Therese served God by doing little things the right way and setting a good example to others.
It’s not always easy to do the right thing.
This week, the Bible scriptures say that God will reward those who do the right thing. The scriptures also say that God protects those who believe in him and that God gives us the strength, the courage and the knowledge to do the right thing or face difficult challenges and fears.
God often helps children through their parents or guardians.
Let’s see how Fred’s dad helped Fred get over a fear that Fred had.
Puppet Script (two puppets, Fred and his Dad):
Good morning Fred.
Good morning Dad … and am I happy that it’s morning!
Because last night I had a really scary dream.
Do you want to tell me about it?
No! It was too scary and I don’t want to remember it.
OK, but you know sometimes when you talk about something that scares you, you feel better and less scared of it. It’s called ‘facing your fears.’
But thinking about what scares me just makes me more afraid!
Well, I didn’t say think about what you are afraid of, I said talk about it.
What’s the difference?
I’ll give you an example. Let’s say your friend Billy takes your soccer ball. Which would make you feel better, thinking about asking Billy for your ball back or asking Billy to give you your ball back?
Telling him I want my ball back!
Right, telling Billy makes you feel better because you are doing something about the problem.
And talking about something that scares you is also like doing something about it. That’s why it’s called ‘facing your fears.’
When you talk about your fears, you can also say ‘hey scaring thing, I am not going to let you scare me again.”
Ok, so let me tell you about my dream.
It won’t be too scary, will it? I’m afraid of scary dreams too!
Well then it looks we will both have to talk about it!
Divide the class into 3 or 4 groups (depending upon the number of teacher aids) and have the children in each group talk about their fears. Then make up and recite a fear prayer, beginning with “God, help me not be afraid of [all of the things the children in the group are afraid of].”