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Lesson 14 : Being a trustworthy friend

This is a beautiful overview of the lesson from last Sunday – sorry, I was away, that’s why I’m a bit late – but Lily has compiled it all for sharing here:

1. Revise last week’s lesson – friendship

2. Recite prayer – ‘O God, refresh and gladden my spirit…’

3. Explain and discuss today’s lesson

a. Brainstorm what trusting another person looks like:

Here are some ideas of what a trustworthy person looks like to start with.

(Add your class’s own ideas) A person you can trust:

– Tells the truth

– Honors his/ her promises to another

– Obeys the rules and laws even when no one is looking

– is honest (would never steal, cheat, or lie)

– is wise (He/she listen carefully to others and gives advice that is helpful to others.)

 

b.  Brainstorm what trusting in God looks like. Read some or all of the quotes that are included for this lesson:

“Supplemental Quotations for Ruhi Book 3, Children’s Lesson 15”.

You can write on a large piece of paper ideas generated from the quotes and add others as you think of them. These can be posted during Activity no. 3, 4, 5 and 6. After hearing from books or told by individuals, you can add other ideas to the above list.

 

4. Children copy the quote into their workbook:

“The source of all good is trust in God, submissions unto His command, and contentment with His holy will and pleasure”.

5. Art n craft: Make a card to thank someone for being a person you can trust.

The card does not have to be made for people you can actually give it to even though that is very nice. It can honor those who have died or people whose name or address are unknown. A display can made of the cards and include “People we would like to thank for being trustworthy.”

6. Story:

One day a woman came to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá with her sorrows. As she told her story,‘Abdu’l-Bahá tried to calm her and said, “Don’t be sad now, don’t be sad.”

The Woman said, “My brother has been in prison for three years. He should not have been imprisoned because it was not his fault. He was weak and followed others. He will be in prison for four more years. My mother and father are full of sorrow all the time. My brother in law used to take care of us, but he has just died.”

The Master could see the whole human story. Here was a family which was experiencing every form of misery-they were poor, they were weak, they were sad, disgraced, and without any hope whatsoever.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “You must trust in God.”

“But,” the woman cried, “the more I trust, the worse things become!”

“You have never trusted,” said ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

“But my mother is reading the Bible all of the time,” she said. “She does not deserve that God should leave her so helpless! I read the Bible myself; I say the 91st Psalm and the 23rd Psalm every night before I go to bed. I pray too.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá looked at her lovingly and said, “To pray is not to read the Bible. To pray is to trust in God and accept His Will. You must be patient and accept the Will of God, then things will change for you. Put your family in God’s hands. Trust in God and love His Will. Strong ships are not conquered by the sea; they ride the waves! Now be a strong ship, not a battered one.”

From “Stories About‘Abdu’l-Bahá” by Gloria Faizi. 

6. Game: Trust

  1. In pairs, one blind folded and the other one is to lead him to somewhere e.g tree and let him feel the tree.  Change over.
  2. Objects are scattered in an indoor or outdoor place.  In pairs, one person verbally guides his/her partner, a blindfolded person, through the minefield. 

7. Closing:

  • Children sit around and share how they feel about the activity. Did they trust the person leading them? Why/why not?
  • Recite the quote and prayer

Thank you Lily – looks like the children had an awesome time!!! 🙂

Lesson 15 : Trust in God

This is the last lesson of the Ruhi Book 3 programme – and a beautiful way to round up everything we’ve learned. Putting our trust in God and committing our affairs into his keeping.

The word ‘affairs’ took a bit of exploring with the children – what are our affairs? Are they the things we think about, worry about, get caught up with….? Our fears, our longings, everything that keeps our minds, hearts and souls busy? We figured that there isn’t one correct answer, and maybe they are different ‘things’ for different people.

The children learned the quote of today (see box on the right) in record time. Well done everyone! We then moved on to do some arts/crafts – a beautifully decorated prayer, which we attached to a little paper stand, so we can have it our our night tables, or where we can see it easily.

With the children’s amazing track record of memorising, we might need to tackle the prayer from the art activity next time… 🙂

We finished our lesson with a story from Ruhi Book 3 – about a father (Sina) and his son (Habib), travelling together to visit some Baha’is in a village far afield. The travel was hard going, the weather miserable and on top of it all Sina got sick. His son took him to a village where they knew noone, but were warmly received and looked after. It turned out, that the whole village was Baha’i too, and all ended well – an example of how when we put our trust in God, he will be there to help and guide us.

Have a look at today’s lesson here – or check out the ‘Lesson’ page.

Next week we will start with lesson 1 again (Unity) exploring many more ways to learn about the virtues and principles taught in them. See you all then! 🙂

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