Hands-on Faith for Families – week of 12/3/12

Faithfulness in Creation

 

Psalm 119:89-90

 

Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.

 

Talking to God

 

Thank God for the variety and beauty of the seasons — bright flowers, colorful leaves, sparkling snow and new buds.

 

Diving In

 

Hold an orange and shine a flashlight on the fruit as if it were the sun shining on the earth. Point out where the sun may warm the earth and where it won't as the orange is turned. Talk about how the people living in the Northern Hemisphere pull out their sweaters and hats when those in the Southern Hemisphere head to the beach.

 

Going Deeper

 

Even if people in different places have seasons at opposite times, the seasons still come every year. You can count on them — just like you can count on other things in nature to always be the same. The sun always rises in the east, for example, and the stars annually shine in the same patterns in the night sky. Read Psalm 74:16-17. Remember that God sets "all the boundaries of the earth."

 

Talking to Each Other

 

• What season is your favorite? Why?

• What other consistent patterns have you noticed in nature?

• Why is it important that God faithfully causes the seasons and other things to happen at their set times?

• What do these things teach you about God?

 

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