Read Hebrews 11:29—12:2 from an age-appropriate Bible or story Bible.
Something to think about, talk about or do
Being a faithful witness means sharing the joy and trials of being faithful.
As faithful witnesses, we have the opportunity to experience and celebrate
our ongoing story as God’s people. We know that faith is a belief and trust
in things unseen when we witness these events and share the story of
them with others we are faithful witnesses for God, and our faith story
Stories of people persevering in faith helped the early church in hard
times, and these same stories can help us. When we are feeling discouraged, we can remember stories of our faith ancestors – people in the Bible,
and other followers of Jesus since then – and realize that God has been
with us for a long, long time.
Together this week
■ Faith stories
• Try to name and remember some of the faith stories that are mentioned in the Hebrews passage. (You may want to eliminate verses
35–37.) Is there one that reminds you of your own family story?
Draw a picture of it together and put it on your refrigerator and
each time you see it, you will be reminded that we are all faithful
• Think of contemporary faith stories of people you know about; for
example, someone fighting cancer, a person raising money for a
worthy charity, someone who is passionate about saving the wildlife of this world. Share what might bring them joy, trust, and hope.
■ Cloud of witnesses Think of names of people who inspire us in living
as disciples/followers of Jesus – inspire us to live and love in God’s
way. Write them on cloud shapes as visual reminders that we are
surrounded by these people as we go about faithful living this week.
God of our being and doing:
We come from so many places;
places of play and study and work;
places of joy and worry and fears;
places of loneliness and friendship.
We give you thanks that you meet us
at all the places in our lives. Amen.