Emotions of Lent- Fear

Bible Passage (Story Time)

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’
He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ he said to them. ‘Stay here and keep watch.’
Mark 14:34

Reflection

Do you ever feel scared? Fear is a natural emotion and we all feel scared at some point in our life. Ask the majority of people and they will tell you they have fears from flying to spiders to weird ones like fear of having a bath. To be fearful is normal but if  fear is stopping you from achieving something then it may be time to face that fear.

It is often when we are least in control that we feel scared and so we face something called fight or flight. This means that we can either face our fear or run away from it. There are times and places for both. But it doesn’t matter whether we choose to run away or stay and face our fear, God is there through it all.  

Take a moment to think about what scares you. Can you tell God about your fear? As the time came for Jesus to face the cross, he too felt fear. Ge has heard your cry and has felt it too. Fear should never take over your life.

Whatever makes you fearful find a way to offer it to God. Through prayer or if you are little through knowing God have you the comfort of your parents arms.

Reflection for Mum’s

Our fears often increase as we face the prospect of motherhood. We begin to notice the sharp edges of the world and need to learn the skill of seeing the danger without sharing too much of that fear with your child. Fears can be justified in order to protect ourselves and the ones we love but sometimes it is easy to allow our fears to rule us. God created us and designed to feel fear and that wasn’t a mistake but neither did he create us to be ruled by it. So what fears do you have and how do you not allow them to rule you?

Response

So this week we are going to face our fears. Below are a number activities for different age ranges. You may wish to try more than one and you may choose to at the end of the week discuss how facing your fears has felt.

  1. Pray to God about your fears or ask for protection from God against those fears. For younger children you could pray with them in the day or you could do something more creative such as bubble prayers. Ask the child to imagine they are putting their fear into the bubble and watch it together travel up to God and how it pops, making the fears disappear. Even babies appreciate the power of prayer so do not be afraid to pray aloud with your baby.
  2. Talk to each other about what fears you have. Are they rational? If not, could you do something about it? Talk about how you put your trust in God to keep your fears at bay. How do we recognise when a fear is justified in order to keep us safe but not stopping us from achieving anything?
  3. Describe a time to your child/children of when you overcame a fear.
  4. Write down or draw your fears.
  5. Create a shield to represent “the Lord is my shield”.
  6. Look for ways for building in resilience in yourself and your child. This may mean recognising when you need outside help should this be through the internet or through more official means. Acknowledge the fears, do not laugh at them or avoid them, look for ways to face them together. Remind the child that God is there even if you cannot be to help them face their fears. Sometimes for younger children pretend play may help them to overcome their fears.
  7. Stand in the superman pose or even dress up as your favourite superhero. As you do this remember that Jesus came to slay our fears. God is there with us through it all and gives us the strength to be a superhero and face our fears.
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