Read Numbers 22:6 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: A new kid starts going to your school, and there are rumors that he is a bully. What do you do?
Parent Note: Before we decide whether we like this person or not, we should get to know him. It is unfair to let other people’s beliefs and perceptions about others determine our feelings. While it may be true that this new kid is a bully, it is unfair for us to judge him as such before he has even done anything! Instead of sending messengers to Balaam in an attempt to get him to curse the people of Israel, he could have asked Balaam to talk to God and plead for mercy. The king could have sent messengers to the people of Israel and come up with a peaceful way for them to pass through his land. There are many peaceful ways that this could have been handled.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear Lord, thank You for being a God of reconciliation.
I know that You want all people to live in peace.
Help me to be a peacemaker in all of my relationships.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.