Practice Listening Imagine what it would be like to be the man Jesus healed from deafness. Imagine what it would be like to hear for the very first time! Go outside to do some careful listening. Close your eyes and listen quietly, keeping track of all the sounds you hear. After a few minutes, talk about what you heard with your family. Did everyone hear the same things? Did you hear things that surprised you? What did you hear that you couldn’t see?
Photo Scavenger Hunt Jesus said, “Ephphatha,” which means “Be opened.” With an adult, go on a photo scavenger hunt. Find things that remind you of the word open. Examples include open doors, open flowers, open holes in the ground, open water, an opening to a playground area, an opening in a tree, and an open or empty field. Celebrate that Jesus' arms of love are open to you.
Pray + Bless
Pray: God of openness, Thank you for walking with us. Thank you for talking with us. Thank you for healing us. Thank you for helping us through change. Thank you for your open arms on the cross, dying for us. Be with us as we start all kinds of new things. Be with us when we’re scared. Be with us when we’re excited. Remind us of your open arms of love for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Make the sign of the cross on the forehead of each person in your family and say, "God's arms of love are open for you."
Portions of the lesson are from SparkHouse Publishing.