“A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more." (Matthew 2:18)
Weep - the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Ask your child if she/he would like to lead the family's prayer time. If not, pray a simple prayer and ask them to recite The Lord's Prayer when you are finished. Be sure to tell them that prayer is talking to God and that they can talk to God anytime about anything.
"And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. (Genesis 4:3-8)
“not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous". (I John 3:12)
to cause the death of.
Take a few minutes to watch and review the video about Cain and Abel.
Ask the following questions:
Who were Cain and Abel's parents?
What were Cain and Abel's jobs?
Why was Cain upset and angry?
How did God punish Cain?
Read Genesis 4:3-8
What did Abel offer to God?
What did Cain offer to God?
Why did Cain get upset?
What was the difference between Cain's offering and Abel's offering?
What could Cain have done differently?
Have you ever seen a loose thread on a piece of clothing? Sometimes when we see them, the biggest temptation is to pull at it right away, but that can be the wrong thing to do. Why? Because pulling at one thread out of frustration can sometimes cause an entire piece of clothing to come apart. Simply put, if the thread is connected to a critical piece, and the connection is broken, it can make destroy everything. This is one of the lessons we learn from Cain and Abel. Cain's decision to kill his brother out of anger and jealousy not only harmed Abel, but also harmed other people, including Cain himself.
Who else was affected by Cain's decision to kill Abel?
How are you connected to members of your community?
What can you do to help others in your community and strengthen your connection to them?
Ask your children to repeat this prayer -
God, help us to remember that we are all connected to each other. Help us to value life and see each other the way that You see us. Please help us to show those who do not know You the right way.
In Jesus' name,