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.
Gracious Lord God, pour out on us the gift of your Holy Spirit. Speak to us through your Word and lead us in your ways, so that we may trust in you always, no matter where we go, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
Our Lord, you will always rule, but nations will vanish from the earth. You listen to the longings of those who suffer. You offer them hope, and you pay attention to their cries for help. You defend orphans and everyone else in need, so that no one on earth can terrify others again. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: What does it mean to “defend” someone? Has someone ever defended you?
Child: Why is it important for us to know that God is our greatest Defender? How does trusting God help us to face the things we are afraid of?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, you are strong and mighty. We trust that you defend and care for us, especially when we are weak and afraid. In times of worry and fear, may our first thought be to turn to you in prayer, and call upon your help. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May you always trust in the Lord as your sure defense. Amen.