Here is a sampling of ideas about Divine Providence to share with children of various ages.
These concepts are accommodated to the age of the child and coordinated with the religion curriculum.
For preschool (ages 2-5)
- The Lord is always with us, leading, guiding and protecting (Arcana Coelestia 6303).
- Everything is held in the Lord’s
- The Lord sees everything—even to eternity.
For primary level (ages 5-9)
- The Lord is always taking care of everything.
- He is with each of us in a variety ways because we are all different (Arcana Coelestia 5264).
- The Lord does all things according to order. (He cannot break His own rules. He is the Ruler.)
- The Lord never changes. We change.
- The Lord provides everything we need to live.
For intermediate level (ages 9-12)
- The Lord has all power over both good and evil (Arcana Coelestia 6997:2).
- The Lord always protects the good in us (Arcana Coelestia 59, 968).
- We need to feel His protection.
- The Lord allows punishments to teach and help people change and grow.
- The Lord governs all the heavens and the earth.
- The Lord needs and chooses leaders to help Him govern.
- When the Lord's rules are obeyed, there is charity and cooperation.
- Because the Lord loves us, He allows us to make mistakes.
- The Lord helps us to see our mistakes so that we can learn to make better choices.
For upper level (ages 12-14)
- The Lord gives us prudence to help guide our choices and develop our sense of responsibility.
- We need to take our share of responsibility for making changes happen.
- The choices we make have consequences to eternity, and yet the Lord always keeps us in freedom to change.
- The Lord is the Comforter with power to heal and save.
For high school (ages 14-18)
- The end of Providence is a heaven from the human race (Divine Providence 214).
- The Lord’s rules apply equally to heaven and hell, but are received differently.
- The Lord preserves a person’s free will so that he can choose good or evil.
- The Lord’s Providence gives each of us individual freedom and responsibility.
- The Lord is with us every step of the way, yet always respecting our freedom.