Remembering Others {Memorial Day Scripture in the Summer}

Remembering Others {Memorial Day Scripture in the Summer}

Hi friends!  I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I’m super excited to be releasing a digital resource for families in just a few days called Scripture in the Summer (you can read the background story here).  I’m putting the finishing touches on it now, but wanted to share this Memorial themed activity with you in case you’re visiting a memorial today.  

Activity: Visit a Memorial or Monument

Verse to Learn: Joshua 1:9

Simple Version; Be strong and courageous… for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Challenge Version: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

What to Do:

Find a local war monument or memorial. Prepare your children for the event by reminding them that these people gave a great sacrifice in order to protect our country. It is a serious outing. As you are headed towards the memorial, ask what they know about war. Do they personally know anyone who has fought in a war?

Questions to Ask:

  • What do you think it was like to pack up your things and head off to war?
  • Why do you think these people chose to fight for their country?
  • What do you think helped them to be brave?

We might not ever face something like going off to war, but there are certainly many scary moments in our lives. The Israelites had to often face battles and war in the Old Testament. God was always with them and often helped them win the battles in miraculous ways. Our battles might not be like the soldiers we see here at the Memorial, but we can know that God is with us no matter what difficulties we face. How do you think knowing God is with us helps us to be strong and courageous?

Practice the Verse Together:

Read the verse together as a family. If you have younger children, you might want to make up motions or hand actions in order to help you remember the verse.

Bonus Idea:

If it seems like the kids really resonated with the memorial, look into ways that you can help war veterans in your area. Can the kids send colored pictures or help serve a meal sometime?

Digging Deeper:

God’s people often set up memorials to remind them of all God had done for them. You can read about one in Joshua 4.

Want More Ideas?

If you enjoyed this activity and want more ideas on how to have spiritual conversations with your family using the activities you’re already doing this summer, but sure to check out Scripture in the Summer which is now available! 

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