Happy Thursday friends! We’ve made it through another week, mostly!
Today I want to share with you a discussion that happened in my Wednesday night kids class at church. Our church is small, and only has a handful of kids. I have the two young kids, they are 6 and 9 and they are a hoot. We’ve been doing a study on the life of Joseph (Old Testament Joseph), and when we finish we’ll watch the video I have from the Sight and Sound Theater as a treat!
So last night we happened to be talking about when Joseph’s brothers came looking for food and how Joseph reacted when he saw them. We concentrated mostly on Genesis Chapter 45, when Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. We read verse 15 together:
Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.
I was telling my kiddos that Joseph’s brothers must have been a little worried at first, knowing what they did to him. I mean I know I would have been. But Joseph kissed them and wept upon them, offering grace, compassion and love to them. Then came question – what’s compassion? Webster’s dictionary defines compassion as sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. Of course I explained it in terms they could understand, and you could tell they were really thinking on it. So I went a step further, and used them as a lesson. They are brother and sister, and let’s just say they get into little fights quite frequently. So I use the brother as Joseph, and the sister as Joseph’s brothers in my story. Now it was really making sense to them, because they could connect with it.
Perhaps the best part of the night (because let’s face it, kids are hilarious) was when the brother says “Hey sister, whenever you’re being mean and not showing compassion, you better go read Genesis 45!” I just about fell off my chair laughing so hard. Her answer? “Don’t worry I will, and you better do it too!”
Kids are great, and while I did get a chuckle out of their chat with each other, I was also proud. They were paying attention, they did get the point of the lesson, and even though there is only two of them, it made it all worth it. I know this isn’t like my usual encouraging post, but I do hope it brings a smile to your face!!
What’s been on your heart this week friends? I hope you’ll share in the comments, and please don’t forget to visit my friends and see what they’re sharing this week!
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn
Gina @ Stories by Gina