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Friday, June 5, 2009

Making the Story of David and Goliath Come Alive

Friday's Grand Connection Fun
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Thanks to those who left comments and sent e-mails about Tuesday's post. Your words were a good reminder that we all have our Goliaths. "No matter what season of life I'm experiencing," KJ said, "I seem to always have giants to face and conquer."

Whether we are facing the giants of cancer, a lost job, a rebellious loved one, etc., God will never desert us. We are reminded in Isaiah 41:10, "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

For this week's Friday's Fun, let's reenact the story of David and Goliath with our younger grandkids. Make a homemade slingshot from a wishbone-shaped stick and a rubber band, and use wads of paper or cotton balls for stones. You could be Goliath and your grand could be David.

After making "giant sounds," call out "Who will fight me?"

Ask your grandchild to say, "With God's help, I will," and then let him/her shoot you with the paper wads or cotton balls. Be dramatic as you "fall" to the ground. Take some time to discuss with your grand how the boy David was able to take down huge Goliath. (David wasn't focusing on the size of the giant before him. Instead he was focusing and trusting in our all-powerful God.)

For long-distance grandchildren, we could read the story of David and Goliath over the phone (1 Samuel 17) and then talk with them about David's faith. Ask your grandchild if he/she is facing any Goliaths. Depending on your grand's age, you may want to share some Goliaths that you are facing.

Here's another idea: You and your older grandchildren may want to gaze into the night sky together (do this in person or by talking on cell phones at the same time). Try to count the stars. Read Psalm 8:3 (NIV) together: "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place," and talk about the wonderful things that God has created.

Then imagine what David, the shepherd boy, saw when he protected sheep on a hillside thousands of years ago and discuss why he had such faith in God.

Have fun!

He is able,
Mary May Larmoyeux

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Karen Jordan said...

Thanks for the idea about the cotton balls for the homemade slingshot. I hadn't dared to give my grandsons (ages 4, 5, & 6) slingshots. But now, we just might try to make a few. Wish us luck!

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi, Karen. I can just picture three little "Davids" taking down Goliath with cotton balls. :) -- Mary