Even though we can't meet together,
we can still be together!
On the Socially Distant Sunday Worship page, we've just been thinking about how what's on the inside is more important than how something looks.
The prophet Samuel had to learn that too! Here's a story from the Old Testament about a time when God asked him to pick the new king...
So, let's look now at what Peter had to say in his letter...
Wives, you should accept the authority of your husbands. Then, if some husbands have not obeyed God’s teaching, they will be persuaded to believe. You will not need to say a word to them. They will be persuaded by the way you live. Your husbands will see the pure lives that you live with your respect for God. It is not fancy hair, gold jewellery, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from within you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. This beauty will never disappear, and it is worth very much to God. It was the same with the holy women who lived long ago and followed God. They made themselves beautiful in this way.
In the same way, husbands, you should live with your wives in an understanding way. You should show respect to them. They are weaker than you, but God gives them the same blessing that he gives you—the grace that gives true life. Do this so that nothing will stop your prayers.
Questions to Think about
What does Peter say makes someone beautiful?
What do you think that looks like in daily life?
What other qualities can you think of that make us beautiful?
(Do you remember the 'fruit of the spirit'? - see Galatians 5:22-23)
We spend time and energy (and money!) making ourselves look good on the outside. So, what can we do to develop beauty on the inside?
For those who love lego...
Try building something that looks very plain and ordinary on the outside but inside is very beautiful!
For those who like drawing and colouring...
Fold a sheet of paper or card in half. Draw or colour a big heart on the front and write on it 'God's Beauty Kit'. Then, inside draw pictures of make-up and jewellery items and write on them the words you thought about above.
For example, an eye shadow box that says 'gentleness', lipstick that says 'joy' and a big ring that says 'kindness'.
For those who like cutting and painting...
Find (or make) a small cardboard box. Paint it with a dull grey on the outside. Cut up some foil and/or coloured paper into pieces - large enough to write on. Then write on them the 'beautiful words' you thought about earlier.
You can take what you've made in your hands and pray these words:
Thank you, Lord, that you don't look at me like everyone else does. Thank you that you see into my heart.
Please help me to work with your spirit to make my life beautiful.
Help me especially to be... (choose a word)
Thank you for all the beautiful people who are being kind and caring during lockdown. Bless them and help them.
And you can continue in prayer by singing the next song, which is a version of the Lord's Prayer...