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Proper 9? What a strange name for the Sunday.
The green weeks after Pentecost are called “Proper”. We will count them up to week 28 this year, before we get ready to start Advent and our new Christian Year with the first purple block at the top.
During the Proper weeks, we spend time getting to know Jesus better, understanding what he taught us to do, and remembering our responsibility as Christians.
Our Story this week
Jesus watches children play, then he tells the adults God will help the rest
Playing games together
The first part of today’s lesson has Jesus watching the children play games, and neither group wants to change their minds about what to play, so instead of playing together they stay away from each other and yell to the other that they aren’t being fair.
Sometimes it is easier to force people to play the way we want rather than go with the suggestion that someone else makes. But that doesn’t help our friendships with other children, or our relationships with our siblings.
This week be open to the suggestions of others when it comes to playing. What do they want to do? Can you make an agreement that you play what they want first and they play what you want next?
God brings is rest
In the second part of our scripture this week, Jesus talks about how following him is not extra work, and that when we are tired Jesus can offer us a place to relax.
For adults this is really important because so much of adult life is about taking care of others, working, worrying about money, shopping, and any number of other things. But for a kid, how do we relax with God?
One way we can do that is to meditate. Find a quiet place, on your bed or sitting on the floor, or perhaps outside under a tree. Get comfortable. Close your eyes, and try thinking about God. Maybe it helps to say a traditional prayer like “Come, Lord Jesus” over and over again. The more often you find time to be quiet with God, the easier it becomes and the more rested you will feel. You may even find that problems that are bothering you finally get solutions, including math homework.