Did you know there is a holiday that celebrates the story of the book of Esther? It’s called Purim and if you read Esther 9:20-32, you will find it’s very beginnings. Many Jews and even some Christians still celebrate Purim as a way of remembering not only the story of Esther, but also God’s goodness and protection.
Purim has always been a celebration of joy and feasting. It is also a time to share food gifts with others and to give to the poor. Today, Purim is celebrated by dressing in costumes and reenacting the story of Esther. Traditionally, those in the audience cheer whenever Mordecai and Esther are mentioned and boo when the evil Haman is named.
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Whenever I talk to young people, one of their top concerns is figuring out where exactly they fit into their local congregation. Many feel a strong disconnect from the people with whom they attend church. Because many churches are reluctant to let young people serve in meaningful ways, they even begin to believe their church family has no need for them and won’t miss them if they disappear into the world.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Unfortunately as a parent, you may have to be the driving force behind encouraging your congregation to have young people serving the congregation in meaningful ways.
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Most Christian families begin teaching their kids about prayer by using rote mealtime and bedtime prayers. While that often works well for very young children, as your children get a little older, they may be given opportunities to pray with others.
Visiting grandparents may ask your young child to pray in front of the entire extended family for a meal. Or perhaps your child has been asked to lead a prayer in a class. As your kids enter the teen years, they may have a friend ask them to pray with them during some sort of struggle they are having. Any of these situations can cause a young person to panic and refuse the chance to lead some sort of prayer.
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My favorite part of Christmas is that our daughter has a lengthy break from college. It allows us to spend some quality time together. This year instead of spending all of that free time with your kids in separate rooms doing different things or stuck with your total attention on devices, make a difference.
How you make a difference is totally up to your family’s creativity, energy and resources. Try to involve your kids in the planning and preparing of the projects you decide to do. Bringing them in at the end for delivery is not nearly as meaningful.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
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What does your child absolutely love to talk about when he or she has the chance? Do your kids have a hobby that they participate in every free minute? Do they ask for supplies for an interest for every gift giving occasion? Chances are these are your child’s passions.
Now if you have had a child for very long, you have learned childhood is often about rapidly shifting interests and passions. Actually, that’s great because it is allowing your kids to experiment with lots of different possible gifts from God. Often, it’s not until they actually try something that they may find they have a talent for it.
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