Open by playing the following video for your teens [1:28]:
Thankful teenage boy gives sweet speech during adoption
The boy, Dayshawn, and his brother had been fostered by this couple for years—ever since the youngest boy, Michael, was a baby. The parents fostered the boys and decided to adopt them.
- Why did Dayshawn want to be adopted into this family? (Accept all reasonable answers. He was loved by this family and wanted to show them his love for them.)
- What is difficult about being part of a family? (Accept all reasonable answers. For example, members of a family can be very different, and will not agree all the time. Being there for each other in good times and bad, with our various personalities and needs, can be hard. Additionally, all people are sinners, and fail each other in ways big and small.)
- What are the blessings of being part of a loving family? (Accept all reasonable answers. Families can offer safety, security, community, commitment, and unconditional love. Shared experiences can bring humor, help, or hope to our lives.)
Not all families are the same. They have different members and make-ups. Friends and mentors can become family in the absence of siblings and other family members. Maybe your family is similar in some ways, and experiences particular challenges and joys.
Similarly, today we will see that, in Christ, all Christians are made sons and daughters of God. Only Christ can do this, and we are thankful this is His desire for us!