“The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a den of thieves.’” – Luke 19:46
I began with the story of Jesus clearing the temple, again from The Children’s Bible Storybook. Before we started the activity, I asked my eldest daughter why we go to church and what people do at church.
Then we set up the craft materials at the girls’ table: newspaper, cardboard “canvasses”, pots of paint – and wet wipes as a quick cleaner. I told the girls we would be making handprint houses to represent a house of prayer.
I must admit the activity didn’t go exactly as I’d imagined it would. First of all, it was raining which spoiled my plans to paint outside in the garden. Then, my youngest decided halfway through that she didn’t actually like having paint on her hand and, therefore, the world was ending. But we managed to get her painting finished anyway.
While cleaning up afterward, I asked my eldest how we could make our house a house of prayer. “We cannot,” she declared, “because we don’t live in a country.” (Three-year-old logic. What else can I say?) The answer I was looking for was that we can make it a house of prayer simply by praying. When the paint has dried, we’ll be sticking the pictures on the walls of the girls’ bedrooms as a reminder to pray.