Monday: Understanding

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God's name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord God, you speak to us through the stories of the Bible. Let your Holy Spirit be at work in us as we study your Word, so that we would learn from the example of the people who came before us in faith. Open our hearts and give us the faith to trust in you, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.

Acts 14:8-18
In Lystra there was a man who had been born with crippled feet and had never been able to walk. The man was listening to Paul speak, when Paul saw that he had faith in Jesus and could be healed. So he looked straight at the man and shouted, “Stand up!” The man jumped up and started walking around. When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they yelled out in the language of Lycaonia, “The gods have turned into humans and have come down to us!”  The people then gave Barnabas the name Zeus, and they gave Paul the name Hermes, because he did the talking.

The temple of Zeus was near the entrance to the city. Its priest and the crowds wanted to offer a sacrifice to Barnabas and Paul. So the priest brought some bulls and flowers to the city gates. When the two apostles found out about this, they tore their clothes in horror and ran to the crowd, shouting: “Why are you doing this? We are humans just like you. Please give up all this foolishness. Turn to the living God, who made the sky, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. In times past, God let each nation go its own way. But he showed that he was there by the good things he did. God sends rain from heaven and makes your crops grow. He gives food to you and makes your hearts glad.”  Even after Paul and Barnabas had said all this, they could hardly keep the people from offering a sacrifice to them. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What was wrong with the man Paul and Barnabus met in that town?

Child:  Who did the people think Paul and Barnabus were? Why? Were the people right or wrong?

Affirm:  Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, you do amazing things every day. But sometimes we don’t even recognize that it is you at work in our lives. Make us to be thankful for all you do, seen and unseen. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words:

May you keep your eyes open for God at work in your life. Amen.