Monday, February 05, 2007
This was a simple project, but very rewarding. I call it "Restless Hearts" because we used the traditional Valentine theme to illustrate an important theological truth uttered by the great St. Augustine. Speaking to the Lord he said, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee."
First we cut out the hearts. Then I had the boys choose one, write their name on it, and also write three things that they love. They listed things like friends, snow, tigers, sunshine, ice cream, and tennis. Then I asked each boy individually why he loves the things he listed. For example, Simeon loves ice cream because it tastes good and Alex loves snow because it is fun to go sledding and make snow balls.
Then I asked if any of these things we love could make us happy forever. Could we eat ice cream and nothing else for the rest of our lives? Wouldn't we grow tired of snow if spring never came? The boys agreed that while they love these things, none of them alone would make them happy forever.
Then we talked about how God made all these things and how what we love about ice cream, snow and even one another is found in God. In fact, EVERY good is found in God and that is why He alone can make us happy forever.
I told them that while reading about tigers, eating cookies, and playing tennis are all very good and well, we eventually grow tired of these things, but we will never grow tired of God. The heart without God is forever searching for something new to fill it up, growing tired of that thing, and searching again. But the heart that has God has all things and can finally rest.
To symbolize our hearts "resting" in God, we taped them to the center of white heart-shaped doilies. The white heart at the center of the doily stood for God and His love for us. When we fastened our hearts to God, the lace that then surrounded them symbolized the grace and virtue that adorn a heart resting in God. Then we taped our resting hearts to our bedroom doors and wrote the words of St Augustine below. For added flair we put up some restless, floating hearts as well. Don't worry, we didn't write any names on those.