Sunday, May 24, 2020
We're excited to meet at church again soon, so we're getting ready to be able to meet safely and stay healthy! Jesus also said he was going to get ready, which he did by going up to heaven to his father, God, after rising from the grave and staying on earth a short time. Jesus said he would go to heaven to prepare a place there for us, when we go there to live when our lives on earth are finished. And it's going to be wonderful! The Bible describes heaven as a place where there is no more pain, no sadness, no evil, nobody is mean or angry or jealous or selfish, and we get to exist in perfect bodies that never get sick or hurt or die again. And we will get to be with God and Jesus forever. God promises us that those who trust in Jesus to forgive their sins will enjoy this wonderful place Jesus has gone to get ready for us. If you want to trust in Jesus and experience the joy, hope, and peace of knowing him, just pray these words aloud or in your heart: "Dear Jesus, I believe you died to forgive my sins. Then you rose again from the dead and went to live with God in heaven, where we will all be together when life on earth is done. Thank you for loving me, for forgiving me, and for being my savior. Amen." Now tell someone about your prayer and keep praying (talking to God) every day, or any time!
Sunday, May 17, 2020
During this time of being apart and social distancing, let's remember to hug those people we love who we can still be close to! Our lesson today reminds us that Jesus met a group of children while he was talking one day, and though the other adults wanted to tell the kids to go away, Jesus wanted them to stay and be close to him! You are special to Jesus, and you're special to your family, so let's show some love!
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Today we celebrate moms and all the special women in our lives who love us, guide us, pray for us, help us, and teach us more of what God's love looks like. Jesus had a mom, too, named Mary, who worked hard to raise him even when it was difficult--because let's be honest, he was still a kid even though he was also God! In this story, we read how Jesus stayed behind without telling his parents and they thought he was lost. Mary and Joseph had to walk for hours back to Jerusalem to find him, where he was teaching the teachers in the big church there (the temple). Even though Mary and Joseph understood why he stayed back to explain God's word to the temple teachers, they were still worried parents and Jesus knew he needed to obey his parents since God says that is the right thing to do. Good moms (and dads) show us God's love through the ways they protect and take care of us, even if we sometimes don't understand their decisions. This story reminds us that Jesus loved and obeyed his parents, and his parents were probably just like yours: they got frustrated, they were tired, their kid didn't always do what they wanted, and yet they always loved him and wanted the best for him.
As you appreciate your mom today, here are some links to fun crafts you can do to show her she's special and loved!
Happy Mother's Day to you all!