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Stress (family discussion)

As a family, discuss the following:

  • What is stress?
  • What are things that cause stress?
  • How does stress affect us?
  • What do you think God would say about dealing with stress?

As a family, read the following passage from Matthew:

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, `What will we eat?' or `What will we drink?' or `What will we wear for clothing?' For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34

Continue discussing:

  • What is Jesus saying we should do when we are stressed?
  • What are some things in our family that cause us stress?
  • What are some ways we can alleviate these feelings?

As a family do the following:

• Make a stress meter by drawing on a piece of poster board. Have each family member make a symbol out of construction paper to represent himself or herself. Have everyone place themselves on the stress meter according to how stressed they are. Discuss how when one member of the family is very stressed it can affect everyone. Revisit the stress meter from time to time to check in on everyone's stress level.
• Come up with a list of ways you can help each other during times of stress.

Close with the following prayer:

O Lord, I do not know what to ask of You. You alone know what are my true needs. You love me more than I myself know how to love. Help me to see my real needs which are concealed from me. I do not dare to ask either for a cross or for consolation. I can only wait on You. My heart is open to You. Visit and help me, for the sake of Your great mercy. Strike me and heal me; cast me down and raise me up. I worship in silence Your holy will and Your unsearchable ways. I offer myself as a sacrifice to You. I have no other desire than to fulfill Your will. Teach me to pray. Pray You Yourself in me. Amen.
- Prayer of Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow


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