Into the Abyss

THEME

God-Worshiping: God's presence and care are always with his children.

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Psalm 139:8-10

If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I lie down in the deepest parts of the earth, you are also there. Suppose I were to rise with the sun in the east and then cross over to the west where it sinks into the ocean. Your hand would always be there to guide me. Your right hand would still be holding me close.

NOTES

There is an old children’s song that goes like this:

You cannot hide from God

You cannot hide from God

Wherever you go

Whatever you do

You cannot hide from God

His eye is fixed on you

You cannot hide from God.

Parents would often sing this song to their children, sometimes not necessarily to comfort, so much as to make them behave. But that is not the intended sentiment of the song. The song’s purpose is indeed to offer comfort. The truth is that we cannot go anywhere without God’s presence being there with us. God is everywhere.

Sometimes we forget that God is present with us. When we don’t give thanks for our meals, we act as if he isn’t at the table with us. When we don’t pray before we go to sleep, we act as if he isn’t keeping watch through the night. When we go to work or to school and behave like everyone else, we act as if he stops at the front door and we are free to do whatever we want. But God is not confined to a church building, and we are to live in a continuing awareness of and dependence on his presence with us. So when your kids leave for school, remind them that they go with God. When they play on the playground, or hang out with friends, Jesus is there too. God is a 24/7 God and we are to be 24/7 disciples.

We cannot hide from God. God will never leave us. His hand is always there to hold us close and to guide us. What a powerful gift to give our children—to know that God is always with them. Let’s celebrate and worship him 24/7.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Where did Liz find a note?
A. In the boat.

Q. What did it say?
A. "You have the heart of a hero."

Q. Name the lady that they helped.
A. Nessie.

Q. What did Shorty tell Liz and Morrie that they had to do?
A. Stay in the boat.

Q. What happened when Liz pulled the branches out of the drain?
A. Liz and Morrie were sucked into the storm drain.

GOOD QUESTION

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.

Q.

How might knowing that God is with us all the time change the way we live? Check out Romans 12:1

A.

Romans 12:1 “So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.”  (The Message)  The NIV version ends like this:  “This is your spiritual act of worship.” This passage leaves no doubt that God want us worship him at all times with our whole lives. 


Q.

What are some ways that you can worship God when you are not in church?

A.

Some possible answers could be:

By seeing all people as image-bearers of God and intentionally showing care and respect to each person.

By being earth keepers, taking care of His creation. By praising God in song, dance, drama and visual art.

By finding acts of service in our everyday life.

By community building and including all people in positive ways wherever you meet them.


SO WHAT?

Think about where you are going or what you are doing today. School? A friend’s house? At home? Taking a test? Playing with you brothers and sisters? Talking to you parents? What is one way that you can worship God in your everyday life?
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