For those of you following along in our Armor of God series (we’ve already done the Belt of Truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness), you can probably guess that today is the day for the Sandals of Readiness.
To start out we re-read Ephesians 6:10-20, pretending to put on each part of the armor as we got to it. We talked about how important it is to know that God has given us all that we need to live a life that is pleasing to Him. We briefly talked about His protection, salvation, and the ability to say no to the bad thoughts we have about ourselves and instead replace them with kind thoughts. Each week we talk about the same kind of things, in hopes that they will a.) remember what each part means and b.) see that the armor is a whole suit, each part working together. That one part alone can’t do all of the work.
While I was reading the Scriptures to them out of Asante’s NIrV Bible (love it!), I could see them eyeing the cardboard feet sitting next to me. They were more than ready to start in on our Sandals of Readiness craft.
What does it mean to have our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace? Well, that’s a big fat sentence loaded with a lot of ideas, but I broke it down to the simple message of: Be ready to share God’s love with everyone. We asked ourself the question– What do we need to be able to share God’s love with others?
They decorated their sandals with their answer (the hearts represented love in their hearts and the brown hearts that are crossed out represent sin-filled hearts or “Satan’s heart”).
While they were decorating, I punched holes with a scissors so that I could add some ribbon to tie their fit into the sandals.
They got to pick out their own ribbon from my ribbon box which they thought was fantastic. Ribbon is typically a momma-craft supply and not a kid-craft supply.
We laced the ribbon through the front holes and the back holes, and then tied them on our feet.
The sandals are a good reminder for us to bring God’s love to our family and friends and classmates!