Week of November 8

We only have a few more weeks in the Season After Pentecost.  Our color is green.

This week we are going to focus on our Old Testament Readings, The Wisdom of Solomon.  Besides the story of the two mothers and the baby, we tend to talk very little about this wise king, who became foolish.  He was one of King David’s sons and became the ruler because of his birth.  He was not the one of the oldest sons.  His mother was Bathsheba.  God chose Solomon to rule, like God chose David to rule.

Solomon’s name meant “Loved by the Lord”.  Solomon led such a faith filled life that God told him he could have anything.  He asked for wisdom. 

Solomon rebuilt the temple and dedicated his life and rulership to God. Eventually, power corrupted him and his life strayed from his faith.

Bible Story: The Wisdom of Solomon (Old Testament) 6:12-16.

Wisdom is bright and unfading. She readily appears to those who love her. She’s found by those who keep seeking after her. She makes herself known even in advance to those who desire her with all their hearts. Someone who awakens before dawn to look for her will find her already sitting at the door. Taking wisdom to heart is the way to bring your thinking to maturity. The one who can’t sleep at night because he’s consumed with thinking about her will soon be free from worry.

She herself goes about looking for those who are worthy of her. She graciously makes herself known to them as they travel. She comes to them in each of the ideas that they think.

Meditation:   Solomon talks about wisdom as if it is a person. He valued wisdom.  When he could have anything: riches, power, love, etc., it was the one thing he asked for.

After time passed, Solomon forgot that God is the center of everything and started to believe he was the center of it.  Holding on to power became more important than the pursuit of wisdom. 

Solomon was well known and very sought after for his wisdom.  He forgot that his wisdom came as a gift from God and started to see it as something he did/was. 

Prayer:  God, we thank you for loving us even when we lose our way to you or forget that all comes from you. Please forgive us for our sins and continue enabling us to serve you. Help us to see all the many gifts from you in our lives and always remember, they are from you, who loves us more than we can understand.  Through Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Activities (choose one or more to do during the week.  For links, copy and paste):

  1. Discussion questions- If you could have three wishes, what would they be?  What if you could only have one, what would it be?  What are the biggest gifts in your life?  What is your greatest joy?  When was the last time something good happened in your life and you thanked God?  What can you thank God for?  Keeping a gratitude journal and using it to thank God is helpful way to see the world.
  2. Musical response- Wisdom with motions and lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgKivhRnCkU
  3. Craft response: Using blocks, LEGOs or anything around the house.  Build a Temple for God.
  4. Outreach/community service response: Who are the people in our lives who help give us wisdom?  Write a thank you note to each one.
  5.  Activity response:  Using paper plates, make two emoji plates.  One with a giant smiley face and one with a giant frown.  Talk about wise choices and foolish choices.  Use the faces and spend the day saying things and the children hold up the face for wise choice or foolish choice.  You can watch a television program and do the same for the shows characters.
  6.  In-reach response: Solomon wrote that wisdom was worth more than gold. On an index card write what makes each person in your family worth more than gold to you.  Do one family member per card.  Decorate around the edges.
  7.  Game response:  Play Jengo or Stacko Uno.  If you do not have any of those games, build a tower and see how high you can get it with each person adding a block.  You can only touch the block you are adding with your hands.
  8.  Watching the story: The Story of King Solomon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdEc_feBpWI  For Older Children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwr60b84lZo