One of the wisest guys who ever lived, Solomon, wrote a book in the Bible called Ecclesiastes. It gets really deep about life in general and can be pretty cerebral for adults, let alone kids. But one of the things that it talks about is relatable for everyone, especially around this time of year: the changing of seasons. Here’s a quick way for your family to take some time with God and consider what his Word says in Ecclesiastes.
First, though, let’s talk seasons. And change. A few quick table topics:
- What’s your favorite season? Why? How about least favorite?
- What’s your favorite part about summer? Why?
- What’s going to be different once school’s out for summer break?
Now, read Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 together. It’s all about how there’s a season for everything. In life, hard times come; good times come. We all have to live through life’s seasons. (And since this passage is a bit tougher, ask your kids what sticks out and what questions they have, even if you aren’t sure how to answer them!).
Then consider the season your family is in and talk to your kids about it:
- What’s one hard thing your family is dealing with? Why’s it hard?
- What’s one thing your family is really thankful for right now?
- Why do you think God takes us through seasons?
Finally, reread verse 11. In your family’s own words, what do you think it means?
Okay, that was a lot of talking! How about doing something fun? One way to usher in a new season is to mark the moment by celebrating something God has made beautiful about it. Take school’s end and summer’s beginning, for example: What’s one thing you’re excited about? Is it the opening of your local swimming pool? Sleeping in? Kicking off the first day with your best friend?
Plan a celebration around it. To stick with the examples mentioned, maybe it’s a pool party, a breakfast feast or a big welcome sign with balloons.
Seasons come and seasons go. God set up life to be like that until, one day, we get to be with God—in a forever-perfect season. If you guys are still engaged in family conversation, imagine what that season will be like!
Laurel Brunk is interested in helping families develop deep, meaningful relationships with one another and with God. That's why she co-created God's Story 365, which breaks down the Bible into simple, shareable experiences. Click the image below to learn more!