Read Luke 15:22-24 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: If you failed a spelling test, should you expect your town to throw a parade in your honor?
Parent Note: No! We don't deserve praise for failure. We also don't deserve the love and mercy God shows us every single day, but He gives it to us freely and happily. It is a blessing we should never forget or take for granted.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, sometimes it's hard to believe how much You love us.
Thank You, that like the father did for his son in this story, You love and forgive us, no matter how far we've strayed.
Help us to see the blessings you provide and not take them for granted.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.