Creating Space for God at Home
Create a space for God in a Spiritual and mindful routine each day with your family unit
- Jesus’ ministry gathered people to eat: we can still gather in our own home as a family unit, even if you do not have a set mealtime routine. Find a time to share in biscuits, fruit and give thanks before you eat, not just for the food, but also for everything that contributed to your having this meal; the earth, the rain, the sun, the farmer, the store, the cook, even the cooking equipment. Gratitude and noticing is an essential practice.
- When watching television or a video, choose a favorite or interesting character and “step into the story” to see how you would act in their place. This exercise uses imagination and supports compassion for others. Ask the question did you see God in this story ?
- Create a routine together, such as picking up toys or putting away the dishes, imagine that you are returning these things to their homes where they will be more comfortable. Reframing chores in this way teaches reverence for your surroundings, kindness, and nurturing.
- Experiment with silence by lying on the ground for 15 minutes without saying anything. Or you could stand outside and just look up at the sky. Pay attention to what you are thinking about. Then notice the your other senses of sight and smell. This is the practice of wonder.
- Practice meaning by choosing symbolic names for your things, home and your room. Eg Splashy room for the bathroom, daydream space for your bedroom.
- Create a party for your family, create or play games, laugh and have fun together. Share some food, make a cake or biscuits to share. What do you learn and observe from each other in this. What makes you happy, smile, laugh. I wonder why we need connection with others ?
- At bedtime, identify one good thing and one bad thing that has happened during the day. For children, these are times to practice enthusiasm and forgiveness. For parents, these are opportunities to practice openness and listening.
- Have a moon and star viewing each night, What shape is the moon, what can you see in the light of the moon, on the moon’s surface ? What shapes can you spot the stars making ? How bright are they ? What are they called ? Talk about the beauty of the natural world. Then imagine how the moon and the stars see the world, How do you think the first astronauts felt when they saw the earth from space for the first time? I wonder what God sees when looking at the earth ? This exercise teaches connections and the unity of all Creation.