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Father's Day Lesson: When Dad's Are M.I.A.

 

The following question was submitted by one of the teachers from our network:

We have a very small Sunday School with only about 8 kids in 1st-5th Grade. Several of them are being raised by Grandparents and/or Aunts and Uncles due to accidental death or poor choices made by their parents. 

Do you have any ideas for a good lesson on Father's Day that won't upset these kids?

 

This question hits home, it is very personal. One of my earliest childhood memories is staring in a mirror in the bathroom at school and thinking, ďEven though no one loves me, I know that God loves me.Ē I was about seven years old at the time. My evaluation was half-right. God loved me. However, I had misinterpreted my situation at home. Kids do that. Adults do that too. You see, my father had descended into mental illness. So even though my dad lived at home, he wasn't there emotionally for me or my siblings. There was a lot of stress and verbal fighting between my mom and dad, particularly the night before. From their fight I surmised that my parents didnít love me. It wasnít true. Yet, it was true for me at the time. So it didnít matter if it was true or not. I took that thought in and allowed it to shape how I thought about myself. I believed I was unlovable. Yet, even so, I knew God loved me! I am very thankful that God gave me a glimpse of his love as a young child. I am grateful he never allowed me to forget that moment! I think it is one of the many reasons I have a heart for childrenís ministry today.

As I thought about how to answer this question of ideas for a good Fatherís Day lesson, my first thought was, "point them to the Heavenly Father." Is this not our task as childrenís ministers, regardless of whether children come from broken or healthy homes?

Sermon on the Mount Bible Lessons

I also thought about Jesus and his earthly father, Joseph. The following lesson is relevant for everyone, whether or not your dads are here and actively part of your lives or they are missing in action! 

Get today's Father's Day lesson, When Dad's Are M.I.A. "Missing In Action."

 

 

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