Previous Lesson: "He Protected Us..."

Dear Parent,

The goal of this week’s lesson is to illustrate God’s protection. There are so many dangers in this earthly world, and, yet, there is so much comfort we can take in God’s protection.  Our hearts are truly "wrapped in a layer of softness and  cushion" when we venture out.  And, God's goodness, love and protection are responsible for  it all! 

 

Materials Needed: Dictionary and toilet paper

 

Bible Scripture: Joshua 24:16-18

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods!  It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes.  He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled.  And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land.  We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.

Today's Script:

Do you know what the word “protect” means?

 

(Let your child answer).

 

Let’s look in a dictionary and see what it means.

 

(Look up the word together and read the definition out loud.)

 

To protect means to keep something safe, to guard something, to shield something (as defined by the Oxford dictionary).

 

Have you ever seen a mommy animal protect her baby?  

 

(Use your own protection example or borrow one of mine... a momma duck protects her duckling from a hungry turtle, a momma cow threatens to charge when a horseback rider got alittle too close to her calf, etc.)

 

I’ve also been that protective parent.  Do you remember when <insert an example in which you protected your child for something>?

 

I protected you that day!  Do you know who protects us every minute of every day?  

 

(Let your child answer.)

 

GOD DOES!  Every day, when we leave our home, our hearts are wrapped in a layer of God’s protection. 

 

If someone looks at us in a not nice way, we have a layer of protection from God surrounding us to where that look is not so bothersome.

 

If someone says something not nice to us, we have a layer of protection from God surrounding us so that the words just don’t hurt as much.

 

In my mind, I envision us wrapped up wherever we go in God’s love and protection.  It would be as if we were wrapped in a layer of toilet paper!  Let’s play with some toilet paper and think about God’s protection!

 

(Wrap your child’s arm in a few layers of toilet paper.)

 

Wow!  Look at you!  You look cozy! Now, I am going to gently pinch the arm that is completely wrapped in toilet paper and gently pinch the arm that is not.  Can you feel the difference?  

 

(Gently, pinch your child’s arm.)  

 

Which one hurt less?  The regular arm or the one wrapped in toilet paper? 

 

(Let your child answer.)

 

That’s because you have a layer of protection, huh?  It’s the same way with God’s love and protection.  Hurtful things just don’t hurt as much because God’s love fills us up and His protection surrounds us!

 

(Wrap one of your child’s legs in a layer of toilet paper.)

 

I am going to gently flick each of your legs with my index finger. 

 

(Gently flick your child’s legs.)

 

Which one hurt less?  The one that was wrapped in protection or the one without protection?

 

(Let your child answer.)

 

That’s because you had the layer of protection! And, you have another example of God’s love and protection.

 

So, everyday when your leave our home to go to a friend’s home or to school.  Remember that God is with you.  He wraps His love around you.  His protection keeps you safe, guards you, and defends you every minute of everyday.  

 

(Wrap your child's torso as you continue with the script.)

 

And, if something bad or sad SHOULD happen, it just won’t hurt as much as it could because God’s love and protection surrounds you.

 

(Wrap the other leg and other arm. Play on Word together. Reiterate the lesson.  Have fun and Godspeed!)

 

 

 

 

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