Peace School - Last year we also heard the story of the prophet Jonah. The story and visual of Jonah represents the eighth section in our Bible Storyline, "Return and Occupation." While Jonah is a powerful story on the surface, the underlying story is all of the Jews wrestling with how to overcome their destruction at the hands of the Assyrians and Babylonians. Can you forgive Assyria (Nineveh was the capital) after they kill your people, take your land, and defy your identity and your God? It's something the Jews wrestle with as they return to rebuild Jerusalem, yet are under occupation by the Persians, Greeks and eventually the Romans (when Jesus is born). Can we forgive our conquerors and occupiers?
Read - This week read pages 96-109 to continue following along in your Shine On Story Bible through the year. This week's reading continues the story of King David, as well as his son King Solomon, and two prophets - Elijah and Elisha. To review the story of Jonah, jump ahead to 154.
Practice - Parents, here's an activity to do at home together during the week from Building Faith, an Anabaptist resource - "Praying."
Pray - Consider reciting a version (or part) of Mary's Prayer from Luke 1:46-55. One is listed below (you can also find a version in your Shine Story Bible).
Serve - Consider donating diapers and wipes to the Rocky Mountain Diaper Depot. Read more about RMDD here.
Mary's Song (Luke 1:46-55)
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’