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You’ll need one 24-inch length of string or yarn for each child.
You’ll also need scissors.

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Form pairs and give each pair two strings. Tie the first child’s
string to his or her wrists. Then loop the second child’s string
over the first child’s string and tie the ends to the second
child’s wrists. Once everyone is bound up, have pairs work together
to get untangled. This is possible, but it takes
creativity. With a partner demonstrate the solution to the
challenge: Have your partner tie the ends of the string to her
wrists. Tie one end of your string to your left wrist, and then
loop the other end of your string under your partner’s string, and
tie that end to your right wrist. Next pinch a small loop half way
up your string. Slide this loop under your partner’s string at her
right wrist, moving toward her fingers. Make sure not to twist your
loop. Now pull the loop up and over her hand, and pull your string
tight. You’ll be untied.

Say: When we deny that we have a problem or even a secret in our families, we hold on to the pain. I’d like you to think of any pain that you’re holding on to. You won’t have to say what it is, but I’d encourage you to talk about this later with the person you came with. For each thing you think of, tie a knot in your string. (Allow time.)

Say: Sometimes we can change the things that cause us pain. And sometimes we can’t. But we can always be honest
about the things that are bothering us. That helps us stay healthy. Let’s pray our Serenity Prayer as our closing. As we do that, touch each knot on your string as you let go of those things. Let’s pray.

God, help me accept things I can’t change;
Give me courage to change things I can;
And give me wisdom to know the difference.

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Use this devotion in conjunction with Celebration Place Kit.


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