Have your summer travels taken you past any lighthouses? Maybe you even saw one while a storm was raging around it. What a sight! Standing constant, light shining, lighthouses serve a vital purpose for those at sea.
Just as lighthouses guide ships safely into harbor or around dangerous coastlines, God brings us safely home to rest and is our beacon in times of temptation and hardship. He sent us his son Jesus who said: "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (Jn 8:12).
In Psalm 32 God tells us that he will teach and counsel us, let us pray to always follow him. As the summer winds down, think about this imagery of the lighthouse and enjoy our activities!
- K - 5 -- This lighthouse craft is a great family faith builder. Work together each week to follow Jesus as a family!
Make a lighthouse (PDF)
- 6 and up -- Start a discussion about lighthouses: Has anyone seen or visited one? What are they for? Show this video of lighthouses in big storms, then ask: "How is God like a lighthouse?" Spend some time talking about this idea. Invite students to share a time when they felt protected by God. Close by praying the Our Father together; pay special attention to the words "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
Saint of the Month
- August 23 -- Learn about St. Rose of Lima who stayed focused on God even during times of tremendous hardship and ridicule.
Download St. Rose (PDF)
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