Peace School - We'll hear the story of Joshua leading the people into Canaan. The visual below is of "Joshua and Jericho," representing the fourth section of our Bible Storyline - 'Conquest and Settlement.' This part of the Bible is not the easiest for peacemakers seeking to follow Jesus. The challenge is to walk with our children in a way that is authentic, doesn't ignore the past, and encourages them to explore better ways. The conquest and settlement of Canaan is a complicated journey for scholars. It's not a simple story of genocide that reminds us of Europeans' global conquest. Instead, it asks questions about God's direct role, our relationship with God, the economic systems already in Canaan, and the list goes on and on. If you as a parent ever want a more in-depth conversation let me know. Otherwise, I think the spiritual health of our children is best fostered when we let them wrestle with these stories now, and with our church community. As the teenagers realize, our culture is seeped in stories of superheros, villains, and the fate of the world. And if they follow news, they know that the globe is filled with too many "dark" and violent stories. We must encourage them to keep finding hope, and give them an alternative to the stories in cartoons, comic books, and even the history of America. My prayers are with all of you parents, Peace School teachers, and my household!
Read - This week read pages 56-63 to continue following along in your Shine On Story Bible through the year. This week's reading follows some of the stories from the time of Moses as the people move towards Canaan, the land of promise.
Practice - Parents, here's an activity to do at home together during the week from Building Faith, an Anabaptist resource. This activity connects with All Saints day, and how we remember those who have died - "You Are Not Alone."
Pray - During the week consider praying a portion of The LORD's Prayer from The New Zealand Prayer Book copied below (or choose to repeat another one of your favorite prayers).
Learning to Serve - As we collect Thanksgiving Food Baskets the next three weeks, watch this video about DenUM's Food For All. How can we continue working towards making sure everyone always has enough to eat?