But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. (Job 2:10)
Empathy - 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.
Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
“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 2:16-18)
“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)
to mourn for and shed tears over
Take a few minutes to watch and review the video about King Herod
Ask the following questions:
Where did The Wise Men first stop?
What were the Wise Men following?
Why did Herod want to know where Jesus was?
What was Herod planning to do to Jesus?
Read Matthew 2:1-18
How did the magi disturb King Herod?
What did Herod say to the magi?
How did the magi know not to return to magi?
Why do you think Herod was dishonest with the magi?
Why was Rachel weeping?
Many of us have seen this image from an episode of Spongebob. It has become a meme that shows what it's like to see others enjoying something that you cannot. This is what the first Christmas was like for many families in Bethlehem and what Christmas may be like for some families currently. While everyone else is celebrating the goodness of the season, it is hard for them to because there are living through circumstances that make it very difficult for them to experience the joy that they see others with.
What do you think it was like for those families affected by Herod's decision?
Why might Christmas be a difficult time for some people?
How do you think people who are having a difficult season can find hope?
Ask your children to repeat this prayer -
God, my friend needs You in ways that I cannot help them. I do not know how they feel but You do. Give me the insight to see their pain through their eyes. Open my ears to “hear” them. Help me to speak life when I can and close my mouth I cannot. May my friend find Your Presence in my presence.
In Jesus' name,