Tom and Nancy’s youngest child, Joshua, invites us to see the bedroom he shares with his brother Isaac.
Let’s step into the shoes of our host family to see how Jesus is enough, even when we feel vulnerable.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom” Luke 12:32
Say: Tonight our family will change our normal sleeping situation for something new. In much of the world, families live in very small houses, if they have a house at all. Often their home or apartment is just one room, and everyone sleeps in that room together. To try to understand that better, for one night some—or all of us—will sleep in one room on the floor.
Use masking tape to mark off a 10×10-foot area in your home. This is a common size of many houses in Africa. Inside that space, set up where your whole family or just the kids will sleep for the night.
WATCH “ENOUGH SAFETY”:
- What stood out to you in the video?
- What are some things we have in our home to keep us safe?
- Can you think of some times in the Bible where people didn’t feel safe? How did God respond to them? If you need some ideas, take turns reading Mark 4:35–41, Deuteronomy 31:1–8, Luke 5:1–11, Psalm 34:3–5, or Psalm 55:1–5, 16–18.
- Would this space be enough for our family to live in all the time? What does it mean to have enough space to live?
Say: Jesus said to his followers that they shouldn’t worry, that he knows exactly what they need and that he cares for them. In Luke 12:32 he says, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Even though we have doors with locks, the real reason we shouldn’t worry is that God tells us not to be afraid.
- What are some ways we can trust in God instead of being afraid?
Say: For many families, not owning a door with a lock is one thing that makes them feel unsafe at night. Let’s write a prayer asking God to provide safety for people who are vulnerable at night.
In the Bible, sometimes people would act out their prayers instead of just saying them with words. Tonight we are going to put an action with our prayer. We are going to tape our prayers to our door. Our door here becomes a symbol of the safety we are asking God to create for kids there and elsewhere who may not be safe at night.
Joshua and his brother had some fun together before settling in to bed. Use tonight’s sleep experiment to spend some fun time together. Maybe play a favourite game as a family before bed.