Family Talk Time: Adam and Eve, part 2

Open quote marksThese commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

An ancient proclamation; still applicable to us today!

As our Cool Disciples learn about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, here are some points to ponder together with your children. Did you miss the first posts with questions to discuss with your family? View them here and here.

This is a story about hiding when you’ve done something wrong

A girl peeks out at the photographer

  • I wonder why Adam and Eve hid from God?
  • Which do you think is easier, “hiding” or admitting you are wrong?
  • Adults: tell stories from your childhood: an occasion when you did something wrong and tried to hide.
  • I wonder what would have happened if Adam and Eve had said something to God instead of hiding?
  • God would have known what they had done. Why do you suppose he asked them if they had eaten from the tree? (in Genesis 3:11)
  • How can something that is good (because God created everything and called it good) be wrong? What modern-day examples can you think of?
And it’s about consequences

a broken coffee mug on the floor

  • What were the consequences of Adam and Eve’s bad choice?
  • Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden; they were separated from God. How do you suppose they felt about this?
  • How would you feel if you had to move out of your bedroom and sleep in the garage?
  • What do you think, was God too hard on Adam and Eve?
And about second chances

Super glue rescues a broken object

  • Where is the good news in this story?
  • The good news is that even when we make mistakes, God still lovingly looks for us. “Where are you,” calls God? How does knowing this make you feel?
  • Adults: tell about a time when someone offered you animal skin clothing to replace your fig leaves.
  • Do you suppose that God may be calling out for you, but that you’ve missed his signals? What would help you listen for God?
  • How does his story add to your understanding of who God is and what God wants for us?
May your family “talk time” be fruitful as you nurture and support one another in your faith journeys!

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Hiding child by Ubo Pakes.
Broken mug by Antti T. Nissinen.
Super glue by David Goehring.
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A picture of grace?

Share a picture that represents grace.

That was the request of Emily. I’ve been lurking at her blog lately as she has been doing a series of posts all month called “31 days of grace“… All about grace and how it’s a free gift, and all we have to do is receive it… spoken in eloquent words of course.

Today we were instructed to share photos of grace. (Go check out Emily’s blog, Chatting at the Sky to view other peoples submissions.) So here’s my picture… I spotted this just because I happened to glance skyward.

A cross "painted" with jet contrails in the sky

Jet contrails had formed a great, big cross in the sky. A picture of grace.

Our Cool Disciples at FUMC in Ann Arbor, MI are studying about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. This story is not just about a bad choice and its rough consequences; it includes God’s grace! Adam and Eve had disobeyed God but God still searched for them.

God calls out, “Where are you?”

(Even though God knows exactly where they are – God is God after all!

God’s call is an opportunity to come clean. They cast blame so God casts them out. They grasp for a cover-up of fig leaves; God makes them clothes out of animal skins. Yes, God throws them out of Eden, but God goes with them, and as we know, he eventually dies on a cross for them.

There it is. My picture that represents grace.
What would you use as a picture for grace?

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