Have you ever seen people hold their hands in this position? Or do you do this with your hands? What are people usually doing when they hold their hands together in this way? (pray) Right! Sometimes when people pray they ask God or Life for things. That’s an important way to pray.
But did you know that we UUs often encourage people to think about praying a different way? In addition to praying to get things, we invite people to pray by saying thank you for things we already have.
Activity: Invite the children to list things they are grateful for, beginning with “A” and working all the way through the alphabet to “Z.” Each child takes a letter in rotation. If they want to make it extra challenging try also working backwards through the alphabet, starting with Z and no repeats from the first time.
Here’s a great video for you to use to set up the activity or to continue the discussion after:
After watching the video, we will reflect on some of the many ways that people use gratitude to heal themselves. We will discuss about prayer as a way of saying thank you. We will listen to and sing the favorite UU hymn Spirit of Life that opens us up and reminds us to be grateful for life’s healing power. And we will use the alphabet to list the many things we’re grateful for.
To keep the discussion going, invite you children to guide your family in the “alphabet gratitude game” (i.e. list things your family is grateful for, beginning with “A” and working all the way through the alphabet to “Z”)
Mindful Moment: 'Spirit of Life as a Prayer'
Having talked about Spirit of Life, this meditation is to help the children have a healing experience of it. They have felt the stresses of how stressful Covid is making life and talk about how singing this prayerful hymn is one way to sooth us when Covid makes us feel anxious or sad.
Join in the harmony of one of our UU's favorite songs.
"Prayer is not about leading the universe toward some desired outcome; it is about our willingness to be led to
greater consciousness, compassion, and connection."
—Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom
Pictures from our event!
Explore these calendars connections from national and cultural experiences. Click on the hyperlinks to gain insight while expanding your families perspective of what the world considers important. For a print out/download, click the link below.
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