Saying sorry to God for doing things that make Him sad.

Cartoon of a chimpanzee, sitting down with his arm circling his head. He is next to a red arrow that is spiralling inwards.

Isaiah Chapter 30 verse 15

You will find peace and rest when you turn away from your sins and depend on me.
You will receive the strength you need when you stay calm and trust in me.

You Will Need:

Some dark coloured construction/sugar paper, some chalk & an eraser

Photo of dark paper, a stick of chalk on one and an eraser on the other.

God wants us to say  sorry for all the wrong things we do.

What we mean by that  is: all those things that make God sad like being rude, telling lies, not sharing or taking something that isn’t ours. The Bible calls this Sin.

Cartoon of two children arguing over a teddy bear

Some people say they’ve never done anything wrong! But the truth is – we all do, and we need to say sorry for those things – and mean it.

Ponder some more:
Sometimes it’s really clear when we’ve done something wrong. 

Sometimes it isn’t. 
Such as not doing anything when we saw someone needed help. 

Or, it can be making something else more important than God.

When we say sorry and mean it, God promises to forgive.

He chooses not to remember it ever again! 

Cartoon of a child in a full bin

What would you like to say sorry for today? (You don’t have to say it out loud – unless you need to say sorry to a person too!)

Use the chalk to scribble on the paper.
Make it look really messy!

Dark paper on a writing board. There is a chalk scribble on the paper. The stick of chalk is next to the scribble.

As you scribble, ask God to remind you what you need to say sorry for.

As you remember those things, say sorry to God.

Then rub out the chalk with the eraser, and say thank you to God for forgiving you.

NOTE: I have had some comments on the use of black paper and white chalk for this activity – as to whether it is racist.
In this instance, having dark paper is immaterial in the outworking of this activity – you can just see everything better. Plus, sin is represented by the chalk, not the Paper.
White on black is also the national standard for accessibility for those with a visual impairment – and I do my best to design everything to be as accessible as possible.

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