How to Love a Friend

Day 1 of 4 • This day’s reading

Devotional
FRIENDS HELP EACH OTHER

TALKING TO GOD
Thank God for His constant help and for the people around you (family, friends, teachers, pastors) who help you, too.

DIVING IN
Sit in a circle. One person should stand and say, "I am your friend. I will ___." In the blank, the person can make up an ending, such as "help you comb your hair" or "take your favorite toy without asking." The rest of the family should give a thumbs-up if the action is that of a friend and a thumbs-down if the action is not that of a friend. Go around the circle a few times. It's OK for people to suggest funny ideas that don't belong in a friendship.

GOING DEEPER
The Gospel of Mark tells about four men who helped their friend find a way to Jesus (2:1-12). Their friend was not able to walk, so they carried him through the crowd, made a hole in the roof above Jesus and lowered him through the hole. Because they loved their friend enough to help him, he was able to meet Jesus, and Jesus healed him so he could walk again.

TALKING TO EACH OTHER
- How have your friends helped you?
- How have you helped your friends?
- Do you have any friends with special needs? How might you help them?
- What other ways can friends help each other?