We know making time for family is important, yet time and time again our busy schedules impede families actually having time to sit down together for mealtime or anytime for that matter. Today while I was eating breakfast, I was watching the Today Show. Matt Lauer was interviewing Laurie David about her new book, The Family Dinner. Two things she said caught my ear: "Highs & Lows" and "Rituals".
Laurie talked about the importance in taking time to sit down together as a family whether for dinner or another time and have intentional discussions. Sound familiar? Of course it does if you have been seeking tools to place faith formation in the hands of parents. A major step is to provide tools for building relationships and having faith talks at home. If you are trying to get the message across in your congregation about the importance of developing faith practices at home, I suggest you show this clip from the Today Show: Click here.
After viewing the short interview, ask parents if they have made time for one another at home every day. Highs & Lows is step number 1 of the FAITH5, a faith practice incorporated into all Faith Inkubators resources. Conversations following the watching of this clip have the potential to open the door to a discussion on the importance of adding a faith piece to the daily family conversation.
Building rituals in congregations and at home are essential to a healthy faith life.
I hope you take time to view this clip and then begin to dream how you can use it to encourage families in your congregation to give it a try, add a prayer and blessing and see what a difference it can make.