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Sit or stand in the middle of the meeting room and close your eyes. Slowly breathe in, hold for a count of four and breathe out. Slowly read the story, "The Lost Son." What word calls to you? Think about that word. Concentrate on feelings surrounding that word.

Now read the text again, focusing on the word that called to you and its place within the story. What new feelings or thoughts surround your word, as you see it again within the text? Next, think about one child in the Creating Home group. How do you see that child in relation to the word you chose? Be open to your feelings about the story, the Lost Son and the word that you have chosen.

Now think about the children who come to Creating Home. How significant is it for you that children return for the next session? Does your enthusiasm for leading Creating Home increase or decrease with the number of children that return? How can you connect with children this week to ensure they know they are welcomed home in Creating Home?

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