Family Devotion for Secret of the Prince’s Tomb
1. Gather the family and play a 10-minute game of “Mother May I?”
2. Next, sit down in a comfortable setting and read aloud Patrick’s laments on pages 6 and 7 of Secret of the Prince’s Tomb.
Whit leaned on the counter. “People who don’t believe in God are often bothered by those who do. Or they believe in other
gods. It’s happened throughout history,” he said. “Some people are made slaves for their beliefs.”
“That’s how I feel about school,” Patrick said. “I feel like I’m a slave. Teachers make us work hard.”
Whit put his hand over his mouth. Beth thought he was going to laugh.
“I don’t think you know much about slavery. Or you wouldn’t say things like that,” Whit said.
“I was a slave in one of the Imagination Station trips,” Beth said. “It was hard.”
Patrick shrugged. “I’m just telling you how I feel,” he said.
“And where do you think God is while you’re feeling this way?” Whit asked. A smile hung around his lips. “Has He disappeared?
Has He abandoned you to the terrible suffering you have at school?”
Patrick looked at Whit. “Now you’re teasing me,” he said.
“I’m just wondering,” Whit said.
Patrick slowly shook his head.
3. Ask three or four questions like these:
- Do you feel like Patrick did about school work or home chores?
- What would it be like if no one went to school and learned—would there be any doctors? Cars? Books published? Electronic games? Airplanes?
- Name at least one good thing that you’ve learned at school.
- Is there a difference between doing your family chores and being forced to work for your neighbor against your will with no pay? What is that difference?
- When you learn something at school, can anyone take that away from you?
4. Open the Bible and read aloud Colossians 3:20, 23–24.
5. Ask two or three questions like these:
- This Bible verse says that really you’re working for the Lord when you’re at school. Do you believe that’s true? Why or why not?
- If Jesus appeared in your kitchen and asked you to wash the dirty dishes in the sink, would you complain? Would you scrub those dishes till they were squeaky clean?
- Would it be easier to obey Jesus himself or would it be easier to obey your parents or teacher?
- What is your reward on earth for learning well at school and doing your chores? What is your reward in heaven for working hard in school and at home?
6. Pray aloud for your family, and, if they feel comfortable doing so, ask your children to pray aloud as well. Ask for God’s help in serving Him happily and cheerfully through learning and through chores. Thank God for all the things you have that you have to take care of. Thank God for providing your children a place to learn.
7. [optional] Ask your children to think of an extra chore they’d like to do “for Jesus” this week. Put that event on the calendar and help them follow through with it.