You Are Part of the Family
When school let out for Spring Break on March 13, were you looking for some good quality family time together? Did you take a trip to enjoy the free time you had? Did you expect that you would be with your children in your home for three weeks straight with at least four more to come?
We definitely have a lot of family time. So what are you going to do with it? First of all, let us remember, that we are part of God’s family. Jesus came to earth to pay for our sins through his suffering, death, and resurrection. He did this so that we might be his own and live under him in his kingdom and serve him. Paul reminds us of what it means to be part of God’s family. He says, “Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers,” Galatians 6:10.
Doing good to all people means you can do things as a family each day for the next month which will be good for all involved. Have a family devotion each morning or evening. There are some good devotional materials online. Check out:
wels.net/serving-you/devotions/, timeofgrace.org/ or for children bethanykenosha.org/minuteswithjesus.
On Wednesday afternoon or evening watch an online meditation such as youtube.com/channel/UCunhd3nNtUe-14RvFXK_BjQ/videos. On Sunday, be sure to watch the Kenosha Lutheran Worship Service online bethanykenosha.org/online. All of these sites give you an opportunity to grow in faith together as a family.
Doing good to all people means during the online schooling time you can check each day that your children are completing their online lessons. If they are having difficulty, you can be there to assist them in understanding the lesson. Your children in-turn can assist you with daily chores around the house. Maybe you can clean the garage or the basement. Perhaps there is a painting project that they can with which they can assist. During the next week or two, you might want to rake the yard as a family.
There are other activities that will help the family grow closer like teaching your child how to cook if they are old enough. Perhaps together you can build something like a birdhouse. Maybe you can have a story night where mom and dad share stories from when they were younger. Game night always is a chance to develop camaraderie.
There is a lot of stress in the world during this time of COVID-19. Instead of watching the news and letting the anxiety build up in you and your children, try some activities that bring your family closer together. Finally, are there opportunities you have to reach out to others with a face time phone call, or a sending a card, or in some other way? Now is the perfect time to reflect and look for ways to grow closer as a family.