Community-Building: True Friendship.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
A friend loves at all times ...
I remember cowering in my back yard while my "friends" taunted me. I don't remember what caused it, or how it was resolved, but the feelings of fear, hurt, and confusion are embedded in my memory. Only one girl refused to participate. She wasn't one of my closest friends in that bunch, but she stood with me, choosing to identify with me instead of with those who at that moment had the upper hand.
Almost everyone can remember a time while growing up when they found themselves ostracized from a group of people they considered their friends. Sometimes it is because of a change in circumstances, other times there simply doesn't seem to be any reason at all. For most it is a brief incident that resolves quickly and fades into their memory bank.
As parents (and grandparents) we would like to protect our children from this kind of hurt, but it isn't always possible. This is why it is so important that our homes are always safe places for our children-places where they are loved unconditionally and where they get to know Jesus as their truest friend.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What are the names of Lacey’s friends?
A. Jen and Tiffany.
Q. Why did Lacey’s family have to cut back on spending money?
A. Because Lacey's dad lost his job.
Q. Why did Jen and Tiffany tell Lacey they couldn’t be her friends any more?
A. Because Lacey couldn't go shopping or go to the party with them as they had planned.
Q. What did Lucille do when she heard about Lacey’s problem?
A. She continued to be her friend, even when Lacey was mean to her.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.