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Hallowed Be Thy Name!

Hallowed Be Thy Name!

I was asked to speak with High Schoolers who were dissecting the Lord’s prayer.

I was hesitant but I was compliant.

I eventually got excited because I am learning how to tweak things without deviating off of given paths.

I took what I was sent and made it my own.

My given scriptures were: Matthew 6:9-13, Luke: 11:2-4

Memory Verse: NIV Luke 17:18   “Was there no one found to return and give praise to God…”

Lesson Aim: To examine The Lord’s Prayer as an example of how to pray. To emphasize “Hallowed be Thy Name…”

Lesson Objective: To remind children that God is worthy of all praise at all times.

Lesson Introduction: Read or recite Lord’s Prayer either Matthew 6:1-13 or Luke 11:2-4.  Inform students that “Hallowed be Thy Name” will be the focus of the lesson.

Key Points:

definitions:

*hallowed is to make holy, keep holy, and set apart; Matthew 6:9

*it turns focus from us to focus on God at the beginning of the prayer; Matthew 6:9

*it causes us to recognize God is to whom we pray; Matthew 6:9 “Our Father”

*be reminded us it is an honor to be invited into the presence of God; scripture

Activity: Students continue to work on their prayer posters.

Lesson Summary: Hallowed be Thy Name reminds us to honor God in all we do.  God our Father and creator is.  He is worthy of our praise and glory in prayer and in our daily lives.

I really made this thing mine because as a teacher of African American children, daily I see and hear an unfamiliar and unrecognizable young people who do honestly DO NOT know their names, who they are and what’s inside of them.

Dear,

Black Boys and Black Girls with the strong Black name, Correct.Them.Every.Time. (Anonymous)

Hallowed is sacred, honorable, to be cherished and respected.

The Lord’s prayer starts with addressing the Father and then how we are supposed to uphold his name.

When we see “hallowed” that is not a question but a command.

What’s in a name?

Is what you’re called important to you?

How do you feel about being called out of your name?

How does it feel when someone misspells or mispronounce your hallowed name?

No, I got one; what bout when they think your name is too difficult for them to say and they tell you what they will call you?

Your mom/dad or loved one specifically gave you your name and creatively spelled your name and should never be missprounced or misspelled for the comfort and ease of others..

Why? Because of your family’s identity and the hallowed value in choosing a name for your their pride and joy.

You are made in the likeness and image of God. God’s name is his identity, it represent the character of God and God’s spirit, God’s morality as well as God’s belief just as your name is your identify, and represents your character and your dignity and your morality and spirit.

Black names have always had spiritual and historical significance and it is bestown  upon our children with great pride.
I told the students that when someone mispronounced their names, they had their permission to dis them. They needed clarity, I told them they disregard, disrespect, disengage and is disinterested with the legacy of their names. I told them I would instruct my children to ignore, not answer or address them.
The students in all of their respectability and innocence told me that it was ok and it didn’t bother them because it was teachers and principals that always would mispronounce and misspell their names.
Since they weren’t my children, I held off on how I reeeeeally felt but in closing I reminded them that we are a strong, resilient, brilliant, highly skilled people and responses as such as what they were giving weakens them.
I told them to stand tall, proud and intentional on what they allow others to call them because the allow and perpetuate their entitlement, weakness and ability to continually dis them and they aren’t ignorant by a long shot.
I talked to them about the names their ancestors gave, called and instructed them and it was this that they made them sit taller and really become engaged.

I talked to them about a teacher in our community by the name of Dr. Lee Anna Hill and daily she called her students PROFESSORS. It wasn’t the students on her roster and in her building but wherever she went, this is how she addressed and greeted us. How high must one head get to be called a PROFESSOR daily? Sooner or later you will find out the meaning, importance and belief that you are supposed to become one.

There is an artist by the name of Nina Simone who penned a song called YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK. I told them that she left us instructions on whatever our passion, whatever we are compassionate about, whatever our gifts, skills, talents and wishes; we are supposed to not only DO IT WELL BUT DO IT FOR THE CULTURE. Why? BECAUSE YOU ARE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK.

There is a leader by the name of Marcus Garvey who said,, ‘IF WE AS A PEOPLE REALIZED THE GREATNESS FROM WHICH WE HAVE COME, WE WOULD BE LESS LIKELY TO DISRESPECT OURSELVES.”

There is a leader by the name of FRANCES CRESS WELSING who said, “When it comes to Black unity…

If only we could do these things…

1. Stop name-calling one another.

2. Stop cursing at one another.

3. Stop squabbling with one another.

4. Stop gossiping about one another.

5. Stop snitching on one another.

6. Stop being discourteous and disrespectful towards one another.

7. Stop robbing from one another.

8. Stop stealing from one another.

9. Stop fighting one another.

10. Stop killing one another.

11. Stop using and selling drugs to one another.

12. Stop throwing trash and dirt on the streets and in places where Black people live, work and learn.:

There is a leader by the name of Minister Louis Farrakhan who said, “The future of BLACK people is really in the hands of these COURAGEOUS, DYNAMIC AND POWERFUL BLACK YOUTH!”

These names are names they didn’t even know they were called because they had never heard of these leaders and the seed I planted, I would hope would encourage them to dig deeper because their names are indeed HALLOWED .

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