I attended a great lesson on keeping the Sabbath Day holy, and afterwards asked the teacher for copy of her lesson. I am publishing here just the attention-getter she used.
On the board, she put up signs with the names of 5 imaginary women, who represent how we may treat the Sabbath day. She described each of the women briefly, while asking us to think about our own activities on the Sabbath.
Henrietta Holiday: I am Henrietta Holiday. I consider the Sabbath day a ‘holiday’ rather than a ‘holy day’. I don’t seem to have enough time for recreation during the week. I feel that I need Sunday to forget my studies and work by relaxing on the ski slopes, fishing in the mountains or picnicking on the beach. I especially enjoy playing sports like baseball. I don’t have time to worship.
Michelle My-Day: I am Michelle My-Day. I consider the Sabbath day a day to catch up on my work or to do whatever I want to. Usually, I spend it doing yard work, finishing my homework, or doing the shopping. I didn’t get done for the week. I seldom consider Sunday an opportunity to catch up on the spiritual things I am missing.
Barbara Burden: I am Barbara Burden. I go through the motions of doing what I should do on the Sabbath day, but I consider it a real burden. I feel that keeping the Sabbath day holy is a restriction and keeps me from doing the things I want to do. I don’t consider the Sabbath day a blessing.
Rachel Rester: I am Rachel Rester. I consider the Sabbath day a day of rest and only a day of rest. On Sunday I sleep in, lounge around all morning, take a nap in the afternoon, watch television, and read the newspaper. I go to church, but I often sleep through the meetings because I usually stay up late on Saturday night.
Wilma Wise: I am Wilma Wise. I look forward to the Sabbath day. It is a time when I can attend church, worship, and rest from my usual activities. I gain spiritual and physical strength for the remainder of the week. I keep the Sabbath day holy, because I feel that the Lord gave the commandment as a blessing and an opportunity for me
Attached is a handout with the above short descriptions of the women, along with read-made signs you can post in your classroom.
This is a thought-provoking attention getter for a lesson that sometimes we’ve heard too many times before.