6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Peace - A response to a disturbing experience.
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.
6 Now when Mephibosheth[a] the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, “Mephibosheth?”
And he answered, “Here is your servant!”
7 So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.”
8 Then he bowed himself, and said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I?”
9 And the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “I have given to your master’s son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house. 10 You therefore, and your sons and your servants, shall work the land for him, and you shall bring in the harvest, that your master’s son may have food to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s son shall eat bread at my table always.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king has commanded his servant, so will your servant do.”
“As for Mephibosheth,” said the king, “he shall eat at [b]my table like one of the king’s sons.” 12 Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Micha. And all who dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants of Mephibosheth. 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king’s table. And he was lame in both his feet. (2 Samuel 9:6-13)
13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king’s table. And he was lame in both his feet. (2 Samuel 9: 13)
a virtue coming from God
Take a few minutes to watch and review the video about Mephibosheth.
Ask the following questions:
What did David promise Johnathan?
What did David want to show to Saul's family?
Who was Mephibosheth?
Where did Mephibosheth end up living?
Read 2 Samuel 9: 6 - 13
Why was David kind to Mephibosheth?
Where was Mephibosheth living?
What did Mephibosheth call himself?
Why do you think the servants not want Mephibosheth to eat at the table?
Why do you think Mephibosheth saw himself as a "dead dog"?
Sometimes when you take a picture or selfie, and you get ready to post it online, you apply a filter to help cover up whatever imperfections may exist. The filter does not that the imperfections are not there, it just means that whoever views the photo sees it in the best way possible, despite whatever may be wrong. This is what happened with David and Mephibosheth. David made provision for him, despite his physical imperfections the same way God makes space for us despite what may be wrong.
Why was it important for David to be kind to Mephibosheth?
Why do you think it was hard to accept David's kindness?
What ways does God look over your imperfections?
Ask your children to repeat this prayer -
God, sometimes things happen that make us damaged. Thank You for always giving us grace, overlooking our imperfections, and always making space for us. Help us to see ourselves the way You see us.
In Jesus' name,