I’m still struggling with it, but last night went pretty well, so I thought I’d share:
I asked everyone to imagine that they were going to teach a lesson at church about repentance and to think of an object lesson that they could use.
We all shared our ideas. And then we critiqued them. In other words, we talked about which elements of the object lesson lined up with the idea of sin –> repentance –> atonement, and which elements could be misleading. For example, my idea was to talk about getting a cut and then putting goo (What do you call that stuff? In our house, everything is just “goo” or “dust.”) and a band-aid on it, and how, through a process you don’t understand and couldn’t consciously replicate yourself, the skin looks good as new in a week. This led to an interesting discussion about how you might be tempted to ignore tiny cuts (no goo or band-aid because it is so small), but you shouldn’t because ebola. As in: even tiny sins can sometimes cause big problems down the road if you aren’t careful. As for the critique, my son pointed out that healing a cut takes a long time, but forgiveness does not necessarily. And sometimes skin scars, but God’s forgiveness is complete. We each shared and critiqued our object lessons and my husband and I added in info about the repentance process and atonement as we went.
It was a great conversation that gave us several different perspectives on the idea of repentance and also modeled and practiced critical engagement. For once, I was pleased. Now if, in the comments, y’all could just provide me 51 more zero-prep, engaging, meaningful lessons like this, I’d be set.