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Being a Peacemaker

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall inherit the earth. Whenever I hear this scripture I have a strong desire to be more of a peacemaker myself, and to invite that same feeling in my home with my children and family. This week's lesson invites all of us to reflect on how we are doing with contention, how we are being peacemakers, and how we can foster this trait in our families. It is a struggle sometimes, but with God we can have more peace in our lives and in our homes.

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➤ L E S S O N

Open the lesson with a song and a prayer.

🎶 O P E N I N G S O N G : "Love One Another"

➤ P R E P A R A T I O N


You will need six eggs and an empty egg carton (you can place the other eggs to the side temporarily). Use a marker to draw a happy face on five of the eggs, then draw an angry face on the last egg.

➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N


Invite the children to gather around the empty egg carton. Explain that the eggs are getting ready to watch a “show,” and they are going to find their seats! Explain that the happy face eggs are “peacemakers,” and they are alway willing to give up their seat for someone else. The angry face egg is the “contention” egg, and always wants to take someone else’s seat!


Allow the children to take turns seating the “peacemaker” eggs first (choosing from the available “seats.”) Next, have the “contention” egg roam around and demand to sit in the “seats” that are already taken. But, each time the contention egg makes a new demand, have the “peacemaker” eggs quickly move to a different seat. Continue this exercise long enough to show that no matter what, the contention egg can’t cause contention by itself!


After you complete the activity, and ask the following questions: