Kids and Faith: Declare Sunday Sacred
Sunday is different.
Sunday is the Lord’s day….
Sunday is sacred.
Here’s our bold faith challenge of the day: let’s declare Sunday special and set apart. It’s not a day to be productive or busy. Indeed, God knows we need a break.
Here are 3 ways to declare Sunday sacred in your home:
1. ) Rest. For many people, this means literally to get more sleep. For most moms, that’s not realistic. However, if you’re one of those moms who always does things during the baby’s nap, today don’t. Just don’t. If you have older children, they will notice your sudden stillness. There is your opportunity to share that, “It’s Sunday. I’m resting.”
2. ) Go to church. This may seem obvious, but if you haven’t made it a priority in your child’s life, now’s the time. Church will never be completely easy with children. Nor with teenagers. Nonetheless, go. Don’t worry about what the kids are wearing or whether they’re behaving; just go. They’ll start to realize that you’re serious about this faith stuff–especially on Sunday.
3. ) Special meals. Going out to lunch after church is practically a religious experience in and of itself. It’s a great way to wind down from church and set the stage for the rest of the day. I can’t say enough about mixing food and church. It’s as if God knows we need both to feed our whole selves, body and spirit.
If our family happens to go to the Sunday Vigil Mass (on Saturday late afternoon or evening) or Sunday night for the LifeTeen Mass, we will sometimes go out to dinner. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate Sunday in a most leisurely way.
The sacredness of Sunday depends on us.
Showing our kids that God cares enough about us to require us to rest is a bold move.
What have you done in your home to declare Sunday sacred?
When do you have trouble keeping Sunday sacred?
How do your children enjoy keeping Sunday sacred?