Families have an interesting dynamic. We love each other, tease each other, fight with each other, laugh with each other, and cry with each other. We get on each other’s nerves at times. We may even say unkind words to others about our family. But when someone says unkind words about our family to us, we do not like it. We defend our family. Even if those spoken words were true, we support our family. There is something different about family than about anyone else in our lives.
Think about the family you live with. Think about the things you do together and the things you talk about. Think about how you may have helped one another.
Read the following true story out loud to your students:
“Alejandra’s grandmother was very sick, and Alejandra was afraid. Alejandra loved her grandma and didn’t want to lose her. So she did something she had learned to do in Sunday school—she prayed.
Her teacher had taught Alejandra that she could pray to God in times of difficulty. So Alejandra began to pray, and she encouraged her parents to pray, too. Soon the whole family was praying together for the grandmother’s health.
God heard Alejandra’s prayers. Her grandma is feeling much better now!”
- In what way did the family in this story work together? (Allow students to speculate. Answers might include that they prayed for Alejandra’s grandmother, the family probably pitched in to help take care of her, etc.)
- What kinds of problems have you and your friends or family experienced? (Answers will vary.)
- Where did you turn for help in solving those problems? (Be prepared to share your own experience to get the conversation started. Accept all reasonable answers.)
When we have problems, there are lots of places to turn: magazines, websites, social media, friends, siblings, parents, grandparents, etc. Today we’re going to talk about a time when Moses needed advice—let’s see where he turned.
Story Source: https://davidcalebcook.org/2020/04/29/learning-to-trust/