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Simeon Waits for the Messiah • Luke 2:25-35
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Freeze! You Wait
Tell everyone you will be playing a game of Bible Verse Freeze Tag! (If at all possible, play this game outside) Pick one person to be the “Freezer.” The Freezer will attempt to tag everyone and say, “Wait for the Lord.” Any time a person gets tagged, they must freeze in place. Anyone else who isn’t frozen can run up to a frozen person, tap them and say “Don’t lose hope!” This unfreezes the person and they can continue to run around helping unfreeze others. Take turns being the Freezer.
Special note: If it’s too easy for the Freezer to tag people, tell the Freezer he has to walk while everyone else can run or have some other way for the Freezer to move that is slower than the others.
Say: Did you find it hard to show patience and wait to be unfrozen? Sometimes when we’re waiting for our brother to be done playing a game or we’re waiting for mom to help us fix something, we feel like we have to FREEZE and hold out for someone to come save us. Thankfully, God will always be with us, no matter what. We can ask him to help us be strong and not lose hope in the waiting.
Pray something like this:
Dear God, we are so thankful that you don’t leave us alone while we wait. Even when we don’t get the answers we hope for or when we wish our waiting didn’t last so long, you are always with us! This week as we have experiences where we know we need patience, may our actions show others that when we have to wait, we can remember God is with us. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
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