Published 8/3/19

From: 101 Ways to Strengthen the Parent‐Child Connection

Devotions, Tips, and Activities

By: Michael and Tiffany Ross

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:13

Family Quest

Retell Luke 15:11–32, the parable of the prodigal son. Make it a dramatic reading or a skit that involves the whole family. (Assign roles and act out the story.) Next, tell how we are all prodigals (wayward, rebellious) yet loved by our heavenly Father and forgiven when we return to Him

Talk It Out

· The father in Luke 15:11–32 showed love and forgiveness to his son when he returned home. How does this make you feel?

· How are we like the prodigal son?

· Colossians 3:13 instructs us to “forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Why is it important for us to forgive others?

Parent-Child Connection

This story offers far more than the tale of one rebellious son. There are other characters to whom we can relate. There is the father who loves his son no matter his behavior. He freely welcomes him back with a big celebration. And there is the brother who stayed home and performed his duties with diligence. He is also the one who was offended when his rebel brother was embraced upon his return. Most kids will quickly identify with one of these men. And lessons can be learned from each one. Discuss the attributes and struggles of each character with your child.

Talk to God

As you pray, encourage your child to (1) thank Jesus for being so big and mighty and (2) ask the Lord to help him appreciate what He has done for him.

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