Read Matthew 14:26 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: How would you react if you saw someone suddenly appear in front of you?
Parent Note: Often, when we see something that goes against the laws of nature as we understand them, our first reaction is one of fear. Appearing out of nowhere or walking on water is not possible for us humans to do, so the disciples rationalized what they saw with something they thought possible: a ghost. It’s funny how they thought that the existence of a ghost was more likely than Jesus being able to walk on water!
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank you for being bigger than my fears.
I know that even when I don’t understand what is happening, You strength and power is something I can depend on.
Please help me to have faith in You, even when I feel afraid.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.