Beulah Land: The Good Samaritan
- Memory Verse: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27
- Summary: Today’s parable is The Good Samaritan. As he often does, Jesus replies to a question with a story. The response to “Who is my neighbor?”, requires the questioner to experience the answer from the viewpoint of the powerless…a wounded man on the side of the road who is helped by the unlikeliest of characters.
- I Wonder… : why the Priest did not stop to help the man? why the Levite did not stop? why the Samaritan DID stop? what it means to hear the story and let it change you? who are our neighbors? who is the Good Samaritan?
- Follow up Ideas: Help your kids make a list of ways people have loved your family (including them). What are ways they can love their neighbors? How has God shown his faithfulness to your family? How do you respond to that?
- Parent Reflection: What does it mean to hear the Word of God and let it change you? Why the Samaritan? What makes people want to love others? What propels people to help others?
Godly Play I & II: Faces of Easter V
- Memory Verse: Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their Synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. Matthew 4:23
- Summary: Today’s story focuses on Jesus as Parable-Maker and Healer. In the words of Godly Play, “His work was to come close to people…when Jesus came close to people, they changed.”
- I Wonder…: what Jesus thought about his work? what the blind man thought when he was able to see? what was so important about Jesus’ parables and healings? what sort of people Jesus came close to? what about today…who does Jesus come close to? what does that even mean?
- Additional Followup: Go back through some of the accounts of Jesus’ miracle and parables in Scripture. Ask your kids to tell a parable or miracle to you! Maybe they can act it out as you read it. Write a letter to someone who is sick.